Court seeks police reply on plea to de-seal Sunanda Pushkar’s suite at Leela hotel

Leela hotel claimed that a number of times police and forensic teams had visited the suite earlier and it was not required to be kept sealed any longer.

Published: 17th May 2017 11:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2017 11:00 PM   |  A+A-

For representational purpose

By Express News Service

New Delhi: The Leela hotel has moved a petition in a metropolitan court in Delhi to de-seal the room where Sunanada Pushkar, wife Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was allegedly found dead three years ago.

The court has sought a response from the Delhi police as to much time it would require for the hotel to open the suite, as they have incurred losses of more than Rs 50 lakh since the time it was sealed.   

The court, which put up the matter for further hearing on July 14, sought the response after the police claimed that the room may be required for further examination by the forensic laboratory or the Central Forensic Laboratory or any foreign lab team, even as the hotel has claimed that for the past one year, no probe team has visited the suite.

Leela hotel claimed that a number of times police and forensic teams had visited the suite earlier and it was not required to be kept sealed any longer.

“The hotel continues to suffer loss with each passing days. The continuous sealing of the suite is also affecting the use of other rooms/suites on the same floor,” it said.

It claimed that no prejudice will be caused to the police if the suite is de-sealed as it has been examined by multiple forensic experts and agencies.

The suite was sealed on January 17, 2014 during the investigation in pursuant of death of Pushkar.

An FIR was registered by Delhi police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under the section of 302 (murder).

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