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Finally, cops unseal hotel room where mystery behind Sunanda Pushkar death lies

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Finally, Delhi police un Sunanda Pushkar. File photo

New Delhi: Delhi Police told a court here on Monday that it has unsealed a room in the Leela Palace hotel where former union minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in 2014.

The police told metropolitan magistrate Dharmender Singh that possession of room number 345, which has remained locked since January 17, 2014, has been handed over to the hotel authorities.

On September 26, metropolitan magistrate Dharmender Singh asked a senior police officer to appear before him and explain why its order to unseal room number 345 has not been followed.

Delhi Police sought more time to keep the room locked, arguing that a forensic report on samples collected from the spot was still awaited.

The court said the room had been locked for over three years which caused huge financial loss to the hotel.

On July 21, the court had ordered its unsealing, saying the hotel cannot be made to suffer merely because the investigating team cannot ascertain the cause of Pushkar's death. On September 12, the court again ordered to unseal the room.

The hotel's management told the court that as the room had been lying locked for a long time, termites, bugs and other pests had spoilt it and even the adjoining area.

It said investigators would be allowed to take whatever they wanted as evidence from the room, pointing out that no investigating agency official had visited it for the past one year.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)

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