Rajnath Denies Political Pressure in Sunanda Case

Published: 16th January 2015 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2015 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said there was no political interference or pressure in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case and that Delhi Police is probing the case in a very fair manner.  

“There is no political pressure. An impartial inquiry is taking place. There is no instruction from our side. Whatever Delhi Police does, they do it in an impartial manner,” he said.

sunanda.jpgCongress leaders had alleged that there was political pressure to frame party leader Shashi Tharoor in the case related to the death of his wife. Tharoor too had demanded an impartial and speedy investigation.

Meanwhile, to a query on quizzing Tharoor, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said: “Many people have been questioned in the murder case and more will be grilled in the next couple of days.”

He, however, noted that he would not like to name anybody in particular.

The Commissioner didn’t say how many people the Special Investigation Team had questioned thus far and also refused to reveal any other details of the probe.

“I can’t give you the precise information at this moment because there are certain methodologies which take time. It is possible that we call a person more than once because, at times, we confront people with evidence which is available to us, so that if there is some clarification, it may be sought,” he said.

Bassi further said the SIT was proceeding in a “very scientific fashion”.

“Many things have been written and spoken in the media which may or may not be correct. I will be able to tell you something in the next two to three days.”

On Sunanda’s viscera samples, he said It would be sent to a lab in the US or the UK to determine the nature and quantity of the poison which allegedly caused her death. “In the next two days, a definitive decision on where the viscera will be sent will be taken,” he said.

Asked about BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s tweet that there was confusion about the Leela hotel room in which Sunanda was found dead,and whether it was room number 307 or 345, the Commissioner said: “I would not be able to share exact details with you.”


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