A court on Friday sought reply from Delhi Police on a plea filed by Hotel Leela Palace where former Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in January 2014, seeking to de-seal room 345.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma asked the Investigating Officer of the case to file the reply by July 21.

The hotel told the court that the room had remained locked since January 17, 2014.

“As the room is locked for three years, termites, bugs and other pests have spoiled the whole room and even the adjoining areas,” the hotel official said.

The hotel told the court they will allow detectives to take things from the room whatever they want as evidence required in the case.

The hotel said no investigating agency has visited it for the past one year and closing the room for three years had caused great financial loss to it.