Sunanda Murder: High Court seeks status report from Delhi Police by July 20

Delhi HC asks for a status report on Sunanda Murder investigation from Delhi Police, MHA and CBI

Delhi HC asks for a status report on Sunanda Murder investigation from Delhi Police
Delhi HC asks for a status report on Sunanda Murder investigation from Delhi Police

The Delhi High Court has sought a status report from Delhi Police on Sunanda Murder case probe by July 20. The Bench headed by Justice G S Sistani and Justice P S Teji, after hearing the 15-minute arguments of the petitioner Subramanian Swamy asked the concerned Additional Solicitor General (ASG) to be present at the next hearing scheduled on July 20. The notices were also served to the other parties such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Union Home Ministry, who were made parties in the petition filed by Subramanian Swamy and Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari.

Swamy reiterated during his arguments that there were many attempts to hush up and botch this probe from certain quarters especially related to cricket.

In his aggressive argument, Swamy blamed the earlier probe team of Delhi Police headed by Joint Commissioner Vivek Gogia for a series of lapses and botch up in evidence in the Sunanda murder probe. Swamy pointed out that even the current dispensation of Delhi Police had ordered vigilance probe on the faults in the probe including the faults in the basic collection of evidence. The senior BJP leader said that for the past three years, no action was taken in the probe even after registering a First Information Report (FIR) for murder after a year in January 2015.

Attacking Delhi Police’s first probe team, Swamy said that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had clearly said that the death of Sunanda was by poison. Swamy said that during the murder period, Sunanda’s husband Shashi Tharoor was the Union Minister and his actions were totally doubtful. Tharoor event sent emails to AIIMS doctors to try and confuse them by producing fake medical certificates. Moreover, this case involves directly with the dubious operation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket, said Swamy arguing that this case is very much in the public interest.

Swamy said Sunanda was supposed to conduct a press conference on the day she was murdered, to expose the dubious goings on in the cricket world. After declaring her intention to expose the IPL frauds and move to meet the journalists, she was suddenly found dead in a highly secured seven-star hotel, said Swamy detailing again the slow speed at which the inquiry proceeded and the way Delhi Police botched up evidence. He said the then senior officer of Delhi Police even handed over Sunanda’s phone and other materials to Shashi Tharoor on the same day!

Swamy reiterated during his arguments that there were many attempts to hush up and botch this probe from certain quarters especially related to cricket. He also warned some influential persons to not interfere, using the following tweet:
Dr. Swamy's warning to Political influencers

Detailing the ramifications in the case in connection with IPL betting racket and international criminals headquartered in Dubai, Swamy said the probe should be transferred to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) team headed by the CBI. After hearing Swamy’s arguments, the Bench has asked for a status report from Delhi Police, seeking the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) to be present in Court on the next hearing, slated for July 20.

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