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Delhi HC rejects Subramanian Swamy's plea for court monitored investigation in Sunanda Pushkar's death
The court termed it "a textbook example of political interest litigation being dressed up as a PIL".

Terming it a "political interest litigation", the Delhi High Court today rejected a petition demanding a court-monitored probe into the death of Sunanda Pushkar.

The petition was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Pushkar was the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a five star hotel in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. The case is currently being probed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Swami's petition was heard by a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and IS Mehta. Rejecting Swamy's arguments that SIT probe is under undue influence, the bench said that the court cannot let a judicial process be used for personal reasons for political people. The court also said that the police report also does not hint at the probe being influenced.

When Swamy was asked about the basis of his allegations, he sought time to file an affidavit for the same.

The court was sharp in its remark on Swamy's petition and said it is not a Public Interest Litigation but "a textbook example of political interest litigation being dressed up as a PIL".

Also, neither the counsel for the Centre, nor the counsel for the Delhi Police agreed with Swamy's views.

Swamy, in his plea, had said that despite years passing since the death, no significant advancement was made in the probe. He had argued that this is because influential people are involved in the case.

The court also asked him to provide evidence for his allegations, for which Swamy had sought to file an affidavit. But the court rejected the argument saying that Swamy in his affidavit had said that he has not concealed any information.

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