Sunanda Pushkar death: Tharoor's stepson moves HC, disputes BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's locus

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's stepson Shiv Menon today moved the Delhi High Court opposing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea for a court-monitored CBI-led SIT probe.

Published: 22nd July 2017 05:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2017 05:45 PM   |  A+A-

Congress Party's Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor (R) with his wife Sunanda Pushkar. |File Photo: AFP

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's stepson Shiv Menon today moved the Delhi High Court opposing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea for a court-monitored CBI-led SIT probe into the death of Sunanda Pushkar.

The application on behalf of Menon, son of Pushkar from her earlier marriage, would be heard by the bench headed by Justice G S Sistani on July 24.

Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa moved the application on behalf of Menon in a pending petition filed by Swamy seeking probe in the death of Sunanda.

Menon is seeking to intervene on the ground that the BJP leader has no locus in the issue of his mother's death.

Pushkar's son urged the court to restrain Swamy and his lawyers from posting on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, the information about the instant case and its proceedings.

The application also seeks directions to Swamy and his lawyers not to share information about the investigation in the case with the media and the general public at large.

Menon, in his plea, has also sought an order directing the police to first file its status report in the court and if directed, then only supply it to parties to the case.

It also seeks directions to the police to complete its investigation in a time-bound manner.

On July 20, during hearing of the BJP leader's plea, the high court had directed the Delhi police to place before it the report regarding the status of probe in the case.

The direction was issued by the bench after Delhi Police standing counsel Rahul Mehra had informed the court that the status report of the investigating agency has been given to him in the courtroom so he wants to go through it before placing it on record.

Considering the request made by the Delhi Police counsel, the court had fixed the matter for August 1 while directing them to supply an advance copy of the status report to Swamy, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the CBI.

Swamy along with advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari in their plea has alleged that "inordinate delay" has been caused in the investigation "which is a blot on the justice system".

They have also claimed that many of the evidence in the case have been destroyed and alleged that Tharoor was influencing investigation in the matter.

"This matter is of national and international interest as the victim was about to disclose about alleged corruption in cricket. She had also called for a press conference before her death to disclose about the same," Swamy had submitted.

The plea, which was filed on July six, sought setting up of a multi-disciplinary Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Intelligence Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate, RAW and the Delhi Police, which should be headed by the CBI, to probe the case.

Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in south Delhi here on the night of January 17, 2014.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp