Goa: CBI takes over Sonali Phogat case, to continue probe | Goa News


PANAJI: The CBI on Saturday completed the takeover of the Sonali Phogat case from Goa police, and will carry out further investigation, DGP Jaspal Singh said on Saturday.
Goa police handed over the case papers, police diary, statements of witnesses and accused persons, all of which runs into over 500 pages. The local cops also handed over CCTV footage and documents collected in Haryana, including personal diaries and other exhibits.
CBI sleuths probe Vagator hotel where Phogat stayed
The CBI team from Delhi comprising forensic experts conducted a detailed probe at the hotel in Vagator where Haryana BJP functionary and social media influencer Sonali Phogat stayed in along with the accused. Goa police, which had been investigating the case from her death on August 23 till Thursday, didn’t find any clinching evidence or arrive at any motive for her “murder”.
After thoroughly interrogating the two accused — Sudhir Sangvan and Sukhwinder Singh — and verifying the documents seized from Haryana, Goa police had not been able to establish whether Phogat was murdered with the motive of finishing her political career or for economic interest. Goa police have already exhausted the maximum police custody of 14 days of Sangvan and Singh, who are in judicial custody and now been remanded to judicial custody. On September 12, three weeks after Phogat was allegedly murdered in Goa, the state government — after weeks of dilly-dallying — handed over the investigation to CBI, stating that it was a “demand from the public and her daughter”.
Initially, Goa police registered the case as an unnatural death, but after the postmortem report, filed a murder case. Phogat arrived in Goa on August 22 with Sangvan and Singh, and stayed at a hotel in Vagator. At night, she, along with Sangvan and Singh, went to Curlies at Anjuna. Sangvan told police that he and Singh took Phogat to the Anjuna-based shack on the pretext of partying, where he “mixed some obnoxious substance in drinking water”, and forced her to consume it. Goa police had sent Phogat’s viscera to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, for chemical analysis to ascertain the cause of death and also sent a reminder to submit the report as soon as possible.





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