Sunanda Pushkar death: SC notice to Delhi Police on Swamy's plea for SIT probe

The top court passed the order while responding to BJP MP Subramanian Swamy's plea, leaving open the question of maintainability of the petition.

Sunanda Pushkar death: SC notice to Delhi Police on Swamy's plea for SIT probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Delhi Police seeking its response on a plea filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who has sought a SIT probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar.

The order was passed by the apex court bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, which also comprised justice AM Khanwilkar.

The top court passed the order while responding to Swamy's plea, leaving open the question of maintainability of the petition.

"Keeping the question of maintainability open, let a notice be issued," the bench said in its order.

The court was hearing Swamy's appeal against the Delhi High Court's October 26 verdict dismissing his plea for a probe into Pushkar's death by a court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.

The high court had last year rejected Swamy's plea for a court-monitored SIT probe into Pushkar's death and termed his public interest litigation (PIL) a "textbook example of a political interest litigation".

Swamy, in his plea before the high court, had alleged that the police had "botched up" the probe and accused Tharoor of "interfering" in the investigation as a minister in the erstwhile UPA regime and later.

The high court had chastised the BJP leader and his lawyer, who was a co-petitioner before it, for making "sweeping allegations" in the petition against Tharoor and the Delhi Police without giving any basis for such accusations.

The high court had said that Swamy ought to have mentioned his political affiliation as well as that of Tharoor in his plea as these facts were important to the adjudication of the case. 

(With PTI inputs)

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