SC notice on plea seeking SIT probe into Sunanda Pushkar’s death
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Delhi police among others on a petition that sought an SIT probe into the death of Sunanda Pushkar. The court however said that it was leaving the issue relating to the maintainability open.
The court was hearing a petition filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. On 26 October, the Delhi high court had dismissed Swamy's plea on grounds that it was perhaps a textbook example of political interest litigation being dressed up as a public interest litigation.
Swamy had moved the Delhi high court in July last year seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)-monitored SIT (Special Investigation Team) investigation into the alleged murder of Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a south Delhi hotel room in 2014 in mysterious circumstances.
The petition had alleged that Tharoor, along with fellow Congress leader and former Union health minister and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, tried to "mislead" the investigators, and pressurise the head of the forensic department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to give a favourable autopsy report.
The Bench said that they would have to be satisfied on the maintainability of the petition before they could start hearing the case on merits.