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First argue on maintanability: SC tells Swamy in Sunanda Pushkar case

Subramanian Swamy's plea for a court-monitored SIT probe in Sunanda Pushkar's death case had been rejected earlier by the Delhi High Court

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Subramanian Swamy
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy speaks during the ASSOCHAM's 98th Foundation Day in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

The today asked to satisfy it on the aspect of maintainability of his plea seeking a SIT probe into the death of Shashi Tharoor's wife in 2014.

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

Swamy has moved the after the High Court had dismissed his plea last year in October. He had filed a petition seeking a probe by a court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) into Sunanda Pushkar's death.

During the hearing today, a bench comprising Justices and told Swamy that he has to first satisfy the court on whether his plea was maintainable.

"Before going into merits, we need to be satisfied on maintainability," the bench told Swamy who said that it is a matter of public interest.

He claimed that it took nearly one year for the Police to in the case and the post-mortem report said that had died an unnatural death.

The bench, however, asked him to argue on the issue of maintainability and posted the matter for hearing after three weeks.

The had on October 26, last year, rejected Swamy's plea for a court-monitored SIT probe into Pushkar's death and termed his PIL as 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 now and even earlier when he was a in the UPA regime.

When the high court questioned the source based on which he had made the allegations, the and his lawyer, who is a co-petitioner, had said that they would file affidavits to reply to the court's query.

However, the bench had rejected their offer, saying it appeared that they had concealed information pertinent to the case, which they ought to have disclosed when they had filed the petition.

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

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First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 12:45 IST
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