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Sunanda Pushkar case: Officer part of initial probe team to return

Special investigation team preparing a report on the status of the probe, which it will soon submit it to senior officers

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New Delhi: One of the officers who was part of the team handling the initial probe into the Sunanda Pushkar murder case might join the special investigation team (SIT) again even as senior officials said an order is awaited in this regard.

The SIT is preparing a report on the status of the probe and will submit it to senior officers.

“With the transfer of officers, the SIT has seen a lot of rejigging. One of the inspectors, who was initially part of the SIT and was later transferred to another wing of the Delhi Police, might come back to the SIT.

“A recommendation has been made, but no formal orders have been issued yet. There are chances that the orders might come soon,” a source said.

Police have been sending reminders to Canada’s Department of Justice seeking details of the deleted chats from the mobile phones of Pushkar and her husband, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, and a team is likely to be sent there.

Last month, the city police wrote to the Enforcement Directorate to probe the financial irregularities related to the now-defunct Kochi IPL franchise as part of its ongoing investigation into the murder case.

The matter was being handled by Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing, which handled the probe during the tenure of former Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi, but in a letter written to the Enforcement Directorate, Delhi Police had requested that it probe the matter.

In September, Sunanda’s viscera samples were brought back from an FBI lab in the US by the members of a Delhi Police team probing the high profile case.

Delhi Police had also asked the FBI lab to submit its final list of observations so that they could be produced before a medical board likely to be formed soon.

Sunanda (51) was found dead in a five-star hotel suite in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Several persons, including Tharoor, have been questioned in connection with her death.

Police have also subjected six people — all prime witnesses in the case — to polygraph tests, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.

In February, Tarar was questioned about her relationship with the Congress leader and his wife, her fight with Sunanda over Twitter, and other issues revolving around Sunanda’s death.