The city police was on Tuesday granted six days’ time — till October 16 — by a Delhi court to comply with its order issued earlier to de-seal a five-star hotel suite where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead on the night of January 17, 2014, under mysterious circumstances.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh allowed time till October 16 to the city police  to comply with its order after an Additional Delhi Police Commissioner submitted that reports from a forensic science laboratory may take a couple of days to be available to it.

The police were earlier criticized by the court for not complying with its order to de-seal the hotel suite.

The court was earlier urged by the hotel management to direct the police to de-seal the room which was sealed for investigation hours after Pushkar was found dead in 2014. The court has also been
directing the police to do so on quite a few occasions.

The police registered an FIR on January 1, 2015, in this connection against some unknown persons under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

The police was taken to task by the court on September 4 for its “lethargic attitude” with regard to its probe into the case.

The court summoned the DCP to explain why more time should be granted for de-sealing the hotel suite.

Earlier on August 19, the agency was pulled up by the court for delaying the de-sealing of the room and referred to a court order passed on July 21 asking it to do so within four weeks from then.