New Delhi: More than three years after Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead at a five-star hotel in Delhi, the suite where her body was recovered has been unsealed. The Delhi Police today informed the court that room number 345 in the luxurious Leela Palace hotel, which had remained locked since January 17, 2014, has been handed over to the hotel authorities.
Hours after Ms Pushkar, 51, was found dead, the suite was sealed. In 2015, the police had claimed that Ms Pushkar was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons. The cops kept visiting the suite during their investigation.
The court also disposed of a plea filed by the south Delhi hotel in which the management had said that the room had been lying locked for a long time and termites, bugs and other pests have caused a lot of damage to the suite as well as adjacent rooms.
The court had on October 10 granted six days to the Delhi Police to comply with its earlier order to unlock the suite after they had said that they were expecting reports from the forensic laboratory.
Earlier this year, the court had reprimanded the police saying the hotel cannot be made to suffer merely because the investigating team cannot ascertain the cause of Ms Pushkar's death and directed them to unseal the room. It noted that a huge financial loss has already been caused to the hotel.
The police was on September 12 told by the court to collect all the articles required for probe, besides filing a compliance report by today.
(With inputs from agencies)