In a surprise development in the suicide case of former Arunahcal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul, his wife today withdrew her letter demanding CBI probe into the death of her husband.
Dangwimsai Pul, Kalikho’s widow clarified that she had written a letter to CJI JS Khehar urging him to use his administrative power to recommend a CBI probe into the suicide of her husband, based on the allegation made in his 60 page suicide letter.
Mrs Pul, said that SC has treated her letter as a ‘petition’ instead, and scheduled the hearing for today.
The former CM’s wife said that the she did not want the Supreme Court to begin hearing on her ‘plea’. Thus withdrew her letter hours before the matter came against the bench.
Dangwimsai is the first wife of Kalikho who had on August 9 last year allegedly committed suicide.
Dushyant Dave, Dangwimsai’s counsel, objected to the court taking up the matter on the judicial side, and opposed the listing of the issue before a bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit.
Dangwimsai further said that in case, if she is not satisfied with the CJI’s order, she will approach Vice President Hamid Ansari and urge him to ask the CJI to seek view of another senior judge.
After hearing the arguments made by Dangwimsai’s lawyer, the apex court allowed her to withdrew the letter.
Treating the letter written by Dangwimsai as a petition, the court had yesterday said that it will deal with her ‘plea’ seeking direction be passed for a CBI probe into the death of her husband.
In an appeal to the CJI last week, Dangwimsai had said that ‘it is essential that an FIR be registered on the basis of the allegations contained in it (suicide note) and the case be investigated by the CBI since the primary allegations are of corruption of judges at the highest level’.
Dangwimsai's letter addressed to the CJI was been treated as a petition and listed for hearing by a bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.
She had also alleged that her family was getting threats and she was advised not to hold the press conference in which she made the late CM’s suicide note public.
Pul had committed suicide on August 9 last year and his body was found hanging in the official residence of the Chief Minister at Itanagar.
After months of intense political developments, Pul had taken over the reins of Arunachal Pradesh on February 19, 2016 for a brief period but had to relinquish the job following a Supreme Court order in July.