Pushkar death: Citing delay in investigation, lawyer moves SC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2014 00:22 IST

Advocate N Rajaraman on Friday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court demanding a CBI probe into the Sunanda Pushkar case.

The petitioner said there had been an unfortunate delay in investigating the case and it wouldn’t have become a media trial had the leads given by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) doctor Sudhir Gupta been followed up at the right time.

“The truth should come out. With that hope, we have reached the SC and we expect the petition to be numbered and listed in a very short time,” Rajaraman told the press outside the apex court.

Rajaraman said, “Dr Sudhir Gupta had made an elaborate complaint to the Central Vigilance Committee (CVC) at the end of May itself.” CVC is the nodal agency under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

According to the Whistleblowers Act, if Gupta is guilty of maligning the AIIMS or of giving false information, there is no bar on taking action against him.

The petition says Pushkar had promised to expose IPL frauds committed by a person with powerful connections. She also had very strong views on Kashmir. Within weeks of her making these revelations, Pushkar was found mysteriously dead in a posh New Delhi hotel on January 17 this year.

The case took a new turn when Gupta, head of the forensic department at AIIMS, claimed that he was pressured to tamper with her post-mortem report.

Pushkar, who married Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death.

Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because his bungalow had been undergoing renovation.

Prior to her death, Pushkar was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist Mehr Tarar, whom she had accused of stalking her husband.

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