Delhi Police, it seems, is keen on closing the high-profile Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor death case rather than setting out its own investigations.
Delhi Police commissioner had handed over the investigations to the more specialised unit —the crime branch — on Friday. Barely a day later, the case was re-transferred to the South District police apparently on grounds that this is more or less an open and shut case.
“There is nothing speculative or great in the case. We are following a procedure and will prepare a report as soon as we get the viscera report,” said a senior police official requesting anonymity. The viscera report which is being prepared by the CFSL would play a crucial role in determining the exact cause of death.
“The case was re-transferred as we are better acquainted with what happened from day one. There had to be a continuity in the case,” said a senior officer in South District. Last week, South District police had justified the transfer of case to crime branch saying the local police was ‘too busy in daily law and order issues.’
Crime branch officials, who on last Friday, seemed enthusiastic about handling the investigation proceedings, later excused themselves raising the issue of ‘shortage of staff and lots of pending cases.’
Crime branch specialises in handling high-profile criminal and terror cases as it has a battery of dedicated investigators who have expertise as well as well as necessary training.