Ex­perts to visit Su­nanda’s suite again: Ho­tel to court

Sunday Express - - INDIA -

EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ New Delhi FOREN­SIC ex­perts will re-visit the room of five star ho­tel Leela Palace where Su­nanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tha­roor was found dead in 2014. The team wi l l vi s i t the room on 1st Septem­ber.

In­for­ma­tion about the pro­posed visit of the Cen­tral Foren­sic Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory (CFSL) team was dis­closed to the court by ho­tel man­age­ment which has sought de-seal­ing of the suite where Pushkar died un­der mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances. The ho­tel had claimed that by seal­ing the suite, which costs be­tween `55,000 and `61,000 a night, it had in­curred a loss of over `50 lakh since 2014.

The court also pulled up the Delhi po­lice for de­lay in de-seal­ing the suite while re­fer­ring to an or­der passed on July 21 by its pre­de­ces­sor ask­ing it to de-seal the oc­cu­pied premises within four weeks.

The ad­vo­cate, ap­pear­ing for the ho­tel, said it had re­ceived a let­ter on Fri­day from the Delhi po­lice say­ing that the CFSL team would visit the suite again on Septem­ber 1. “Why did you take two months to in­form the ho­tel that you will need more time,” the court asked. It, how­ever, al­lowed their plea seek­ing one more chance to file the com­pli­ance re­port re­gard­ing de-seal­ing the suite. The court di­rected the agency to file the re­port on Septem­ber 4.

The court noted that no of­fence was found on part of the ho­tel and no po­lice of­fi­cial had vis­ited the suite for over a year. Delhi Po­lice had said in its ear­lier sta­tus re­port that it had reached no de­fin­i­tive con­clu­sion re­gard­ing the cause of death.

The ho­tel had sub­mit­ted be­fore the court that lock­ing the suite was cre­at­ing san­i­tary and clean­li­ness is­sues. It claimed that po­lice and foren­sic teams had vis­ited the suite a num­ber of times and it was no longer re­quired to be sealed. “The ho­tel con­tin­ues to suf­fer loss with each pass­ing day. The con­tin­u­ous seal­ing of the suite is also af­fect­ing the use of other rooms/suites on the same floor,” it said.

Pushkar was found dead in the South Delhi ho­tel suite on the night of Jan­uary 17, 2014. It was sealed the same night for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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