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Sunanda case: Court to hear polygraph test plea on May 20

Sunanda Pushkar

New Delhi: Delhi Police’s plea to conduct polygraph test on three “suspects” in Sunanda Pushkar murder case on grounds that they were hiding some material facts, would come up for consideration before a city court next Wednesday.

The police filed its application before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma who fixed it for consideration on May 20.

In the plea, police has urged the court to initiate proceedings of polygraph test on Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help Narain Singh, driver Bajrangi and friend Sanjay Dewan, saying they were hiding material facts relating to the case.

During investigations, several persons including Narain, Bajrangi and Dewan were examined as they were closely associated with Tharoor and Pushkar, and were also present at Hotel Leela Palace here just before her death.

“During investigation, it has been found that the three persons are concealing material facts and did not disclose several issues related to the death of Sunanda Pushkar,” the plea filed by SHO of Sarojini Nagar Police Station said.

It said that on January 17, Tharoor’s close friend Sanjay Dewan came to the hotel at 5 pm and remained there till the discovery of Pushkar’s death. He could not give plausible reason for cancelling his trip to Mumbai and his coming to the hotel in Delhi, it said.

“He remained silent about the power cut on January 17, 2014 at about 7 pm in room no. 345 at Leela Hotel just before the discovery of the death of Sunanda Pushkar, while he was very much present in the room along with Shashi Tharoor,” the application said, adding that he did not properly reply to questions regarding the injuries on Pushkar’s body.

The police claimed he did not wake up Pushkar for two and a half hours and also not explained why he preferred Dr Rajan Mohan, who came all the way from Patel Nagar, over the hotel doctor who could come within a short span of time.

It alleged that Dewan did not give proper explanation for sending driver Bajrangi to bring Dr Mohan even without meeting Pushkar in her room.

Police said that Dewan did not produce his cell phone which was required to retrieve the text messages exchanged between him and Tharoor as per the call details. “It shows that he is hiding the material facts related to this case,” it said.

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