Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh today pulled up Delhi Police for delay in the de-sealing of the suite in a five-star hotel.
Reprimanding the force for delay in de-sealing the suite, the Magistrate questioned why it took two months to inform the hotel that it will need more time. The Magistrate further referred to an order passed on July 21 by his predecessor asking it to de-seal the occupied premises within four weeks. After hearing, the Judge allowed the plea of police for one more opportunity to file the compliance report in the court regarding de-sealing of the suite and the status report on 4th September.
On the night of January 17, 2014, Tharoor’s wife, Sunanda, was found dead in the suite of the south Delhi hotel. The suite was sealed on that night itself for investigation and police lodged a First Information Report on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code. A forensic team had visited the suite to gather more evidence in the sensational case. Counsel for the hotel submitted that a letter had been received yesterday from the police who said that the Central Forensic Science Laboratory team would visit the suite on September 1 again. Information about the proposed visit of the CFSL team was disclosed to the court by the Hotel management. The police had said in its earlier status report that it was not able to reach a definitive conclusion so far regarding cause of Pushkar’s death. It was submitted on behalf of the hotel that locking of the suite was creating sanitary and cleanliness issues and due to the sealing of the room, which costs between Rs 55,000 and Rs 61,000 a night, it had suffered a loss of over Rs 50 lakh in the last three years. It also told the court that Police and Forensic teams had visited the suite a number of times and it was no longer required to be kept sealed. The continuous sealing of the suite, the hotel management contended, was also affecting the use of other rooms on the same floor.