Sonali Phogat murder case: CBI, forensic experts arrive at Goa’s Curlies restaurant for investigation


In the latest development in the murder case of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, a team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) along with experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) have arrived at the Curlies restaurant in Goa where the politician received drugs. Officials will collect documents, chemical evidence, CCTV footage, electronic evidence and statements from those present on the night of the incident when Sonali was forced to drink a liquid mixed with a ‘harmful’ chemical during a a party on the night of August 22. and 23.

Notably, this came after CBI officials with forensic experts conducted a ten-hour long investigation at the Grand Leone Hotel in Goa on Saturday to collect evidence from the rooms in which Phogat, prime suspect Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder had stayed. The rooms of the Grand Leone Hotel were already sealed off by the Goa Police.

The videography and photography of the exhibits was done by the investigative agency to gather more evidence in the Sonali Phogat murder case. It is pertinent to mention that after handing over the relevant case to the CBI, the Goa Police provided all the recorded statements and all the evidence collected by it to the central agency.

CBI will review evidence collected by Goa Police. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has re-filed the First Information Report (FIR) into the suspicious death of BJP leader and actor Sonali Phogat on September 15.

Sonali Phogat’s death case

Sonali Phogat was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Anjuna, North Goa on August 22, where she was pronounced dead. A heart attack was initially suspected to be the cause of his death. However, his family alleged it was murder and later his brother Rinku Dhaka filed charges.

Phogat’s brother, Rinku Dhaka, alleged that his personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan told them that there was a film shooting in Goa on August 24. But the hotel rooms had only been booked for two days, August 22 and 23. for when they reached the coastal state, they saw no actors or filming there. Additionally, he alleged that Phogat had spoken to his mother, sister and brother-in-law hours before his death and told family members that Sudhir had given him “food mixed with an intoxicant”.

Later, an FIR was filed based on the complaint, and Sangwan and his associate, Sukhwinder Singh were arrested. During questioning, police said the pair confessed to intentionally making him drink liquid mixed with a ‘harmful’ chemical while partying at Curlies restaurant on the night of 22 and August 23.

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