Sonali Phogat’s kin suspects political angle in her death

13 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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In the midst of the ongoing mystery surrounding the passing of actor and BJP politician Sonali Phogat, her brother Rukesh has speculated that there may have been a political component to the unusua...

In the midst of the ongoing mystery surrounding the passing of actor and BJP politician Sonali Phogat, her brother Rukesh has speculated that there may have been a political component to the unusual murder of his sister.

In a statement to ANI, Rukesh said: “Only after a CBI investigation will we learn the truth. The Goa Police’s probe has not pleased us. The issue was being looked into by Goa Police from a property standpoint. There could be some powerful individuals behind the murder. There should be an inquiry since Sonali might have been killed for political reasons.” She also expressed her gratitude to Khap Panchayats for pressuring the government to launch a CBI investigation.

“The Khap Panchayats have offered their whole assistance. In certain instances, the Khap panchayats have put pressure on the Haryana and Goa governments “explained Rukesh.

On Monday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) received approval from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to assume charge of the investigation into the unexplained murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat in Goa.

MHA sources claim that the CBI would take up the matter for additional investigation.

A Khap Mahapanchayat was organised on Sunday in Hisar to seek a CBI investigation into Sonali Phogat’s killing.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the matter would be turned over to the CBI on Monday in response to the request for a probe.

Both the Haryana government and Phogat’s family have made constant requests in this respect.

Sonali Phogat, an actor and politician from Haryana, was discovered dead in Goa last month. Her relatives accused someone of playing a role. The Goa Police opened a murder investigation after receiving complaints from her family, and they also detained a few of Phogat’s colleagues.

Phogat, who became well-known for her TikTok videos, ran for office in the 2019 Haryana election as a member of the BJP, however she was defeated by then-Congress lawmaker Kuldeep Bishnoi (he has since joined the BJP). In 2020, she also made an appearance on the reality series Bigg Boss.