Mystery deepens in Sunanda Pushkar caseNew Delhi: The latest twist in the Sunanda Pushkar case has raised some serious question over the functioning of Delhi police. The department is under scanner as it needs to explain the delay and secrecy
New Delhi: The latest twist in the Sunanda Pushkar case has raised some serious question over the functioning of Delhi police. The department is under scanner as it needs to explain the delay and secrecy maintained in the case throughout 2013.
Though the FIR was registered on January 1, yet the case was hushed under wraps.
Delhi Police Commissioner, B.S. Bassi, remained mum even at the annual press conference.
Nothing new was mentioned in the final medical report submitted by AIIMS yet Bassi seemed to have rested on it.
“It could have been done months ago,” said sources.
"Crucial evidence has been lost and I don't see any chance of the case getting resolved. The crime branch had wanted to register an FIR immediately and this was the main reason why the case was taken back from it," said an officer, who did not wish to be named.
Delhi Police mocked the case throughout. First, it transferred the case to crime branch and then took it back within 24 hours and then it had ‘secret exchanges' with AIIMS through e-mails.
Further AIIMS added to the chaos. Both forensic and autopsy reports gave different conclusions – the former ruled out drug poisoning while the latter confirmed it. Following which police bought a lot of time.
Later, the autopsy Chief Sudhir Gupta got into controversies for claiming that Shashi Tharoor was trying to influence the probe.
Then, the investigating officer of the case, was shunted to the security wing, DCP transferred and the ACP retired.
The only person now remaining throughout the case is joint Commissioner of Police, Vivek Gogia.
The fact that the case was going to reach a conclusion was only evident towards the end of 2014. Now, with an FIR being registered, the home ministry is expected to monitor the proceedings and police to pace the conclusions.