PANAJI: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant today said that the state government will write to Union Home Ministry to hand over the Sonali Phogat murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said that the CBI would probe Sonali Phogat’s death if the family was not satisfied with the Goa police’s investigation.
“I have full faith in Goa police, and they have been conducting a free and fair investigation into the case. Goa police have also got clues in the case, but keeping in mind the demand, we have decided to hand over the case to CBI,” said Sawant.
He further said that government would immediately write a letter to the Union Home ministry. “I will personally write a letter to the Union Home Ministry to hand over the case to CBI,” he said.
“Investigation into the Sonali Phogat case is currently going on, but there was demand from the people of Haryana, her family and also the Chief Minister to hand over the case to CBI. the investigation was almost completed”, he added.
Earlier on Sunday, a Khap Mahapanchayat was held in Hisar demanding a CBI inquiry into the death of Sonal Phogat.
Amid the ongoing stir in Sonali Phogat’s death case, the police on Friday confirmed that the profile was being reviewed at senior levels and had said that a charge sheet would be filed on objective grounds.
A confidential report on the Sonali Phogat murder case had already been sent to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, CM Sawant had said, adding that a charge sheet would be filed shortly.
On August 23, Sonali Phogat was pronounced dead at the St. Anthony Hospital in Anjuna, North Goa. The body of the 42-year-old had blunt force trauma, according to a post-mortem report, and the Goa Police then opened a murder investigation.
Sonali Phogat, a former participant of Bigg Boss, was allegedly forced to take drugs by her two friends, now been detained after being identified as a defendant in the case, according to the Goa Police. The two accused, Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh, have been detained, and more inquiries are being conducted, according to the Goa Police.