Centre approves CBI probe into Sonali Phogat death case

The Home Ministry has approved the Central Bureau of Investigation to take over Sonali Phogat’s death case from the Goa Police.

Home Ministry approves CBI to probe Sonali Phogat’s murder case.(Photo: India Today/File)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved a CBI probe into Sonali Phogat death case.
  • Goa CM had written to the ministry seeking a CBI probe.
  • Sonali Phogat’s family had earlier demanded a CBI probe into the case.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the Sonali Phogat death case. Earlier, Goa CM Pramod Sawant had written a letter to the Home Minister recommending that the investigation of Sonali Phogat’s death be done by the CBI.

Phogat died in Goa in August under mysterious circumstances. She was brought dead to St Anthony Hospital at Anjuna in North Goa district on August 23 from her hotel. Doctors had then prima facie said she appeared to have died of a heart attack. However, the autopsy revealed “multiple blunt force injuries” on her body.

On Sunday, Sonali Phogat’s family called on Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and sought a probe by the central agency as they were not satisfied with the investigation done by the Goa police.

Later, Khattar said he had asked for a CBI probe in writing, but they stated that first, Goa would complete their investigation, and if the family demanded further investigation, then it would be handed over to the CBI.

“We completely trust Goa police, but due to the demand of Sonali Phogat’s daughter, I have recommended a CBI probe,” Goa CM Pramod Sawant said.

“Goa Police received many good clues in the case, and Sonali Phogat’s daughter and family demanded a CBI probe into the matter. I have also received requests from many people. I will write a letter to the Home Minister to hand over the case to the central agency,” he said.

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