SC questions maintainability of Subramanian Swamy’s plea in Sunanda Pushkar case

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The Supreme Court Monday asked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to satisfy it on the aspect of maintainability of his plea seeking an SIT probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.

Swamy has moved the apex court after the Delhi High Court had in October last year dismissed his plea seeking a probe by a court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) into Pushkar’s death. During the hearing today, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy 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 Delhi Police to lodge FIR in the case and the post-mortem report said that Pushkar 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 Delhi High Court 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”.

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