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Dr. Asha Goel

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Dr. Asha GoelThis site is dedicated to pursuing justice for Dr. Asha Goel, whose life was brutally taken in 2003.  Dr. Asha Goel came to Canada with her husband in 1963.  Here they completed their medical training and raised their three children.  She practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 40 years, in Saskatchewan and in Ontario, caring for thousands of women and delivering thousands of babies.  Respected and loved by her family, friends, colleagues, and patients, she was a vibrant person who strove to make a positive impact through her medical practice, her charitable works, and her personal commitment to a better world.

 

On August 22, 2003, Asha Goel was brutally murdered while staying at the home of her brothers, Suresh and Subhash Agrawal, in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

 

In 2005, after a two-year investigation, Mumbai Police charged four men who they concluded were part of a broader conspiracy to murder Asha Goel; three of these men were employees of Subhash and the fourth was Suresh’s son-in-law.  According to court papers filed by Indian authorities, the brothers were involved in a conspiracy to murder Asha Goel.  Though Suresh had died of natural causes shortly after the murder, police named Subhash Agrawal, then a resident of Canada, as a key co-conspirator and Wanted Accused.

 

Over the past 9 years, Indian authorities have repeatedly requested Canadian assistance designed to uncover evidence in Canada through a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT).  Despite these requests, the Canadian Government has declared this an “Indian problem” and refuses to comment on the case or to assist the Indian investigation.  By ignoring their obligations under the MLAT, the Canadian government is holding back a full investigation of this crime and its resolution.  When suspicions of what Indian authorities describe as Subhash’s involvement first surfaced, the Canadian Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration was alerted.  Despite police having named him a “Wanted Accused” in a murder prosecution, Subhash was subsequently granted Canadian citizenship in 2005.  In 2006, Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice (international arrest warrant) for Subhash Agrawal in relation to the murder.  The Interpol warrant has never been acted upon by Canadian authorities.

 

Asha Goel’s family has worked tirelessly to ensure the case remains open and active. The trial for those originally charged has been delayed several times, and since that time one of the accused has passed away, but we are told the trial may be imminent.  Canada has a critical role to play in the resolution of this case, and its assistance is imperative.  We request Canadian authorities to carry out their own full investigation so the whole truth is uncovered, whether evidence is located in India or in Canada.  We ask that the Canadian government cooperate with the Indian authorities to assist them with information already formally requested in accordance with the MLAT.  We ask also that Canadian authorities demonstrate their commitment to this case and place pressure on the Indian authorities to see this case through.

 

The Goel Family

family@ashagoel.ca

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NEWS

October 20, 2012

Vancouverdesi News Update – Interview with son, Sanjay Goel

Source: Vancouverdesi

 

“And it’s sad to me when I’m told by Canadian officials this is an Indian problem. I feel that in this country that I’m not a Canadian and in India I’m being told I’m not an Indian. That hurts very much. We want the truth, that's all we want.”  Read more...

October 19, 2012

Ottawa police to review actions in India murder probe

Source: CBC News Toronto

 

Ottawa's police chief has ordered a review of all records pertaining to the force's involvement in the murder investigation of an Ontario doctor who was found dead in her brother's apartment in India nine years ago.  Read more...

October 19, 2012

Ottawa police chief orders review of 2003 international homicide investigation

Source: Ottawacitizen

 

Chief Charles Bordeleau has ordered a review of the Ottawa Police Service’s role in the murder investigation of an Ontario doctor who found stabbed and beaten to death in her brother’s apartment in India in 2003.  Read more...

October 19, 2012

Interview with Mumbai Police Asst Commissioner Jaywant Hargrude

Source: Asian Journal

 

Mumbai Police Assistant Commissioner Jaywant Hargude told CBC that Subash Agrawal is wanted “for murder and conspiracy of murder.” Mumbai police claim they have evidence to show Agrawal’s involvement.  Read more...

October 18, 2012

Ex-officer told to drop probe of Canadian killed in India

Source: CBC News Toronto

 

A former Ottawa homicide investigator says he was told years ago not to investigate the brutal slaying of an Ontario doctor in India. Read more...

October 17, 2012

Canada accused of stalling doctor murder probe in India

Source: CBC News Toronto

 

A lack of co-operation from Canadian authorities has stalled an investigation into the grisly slaying of an Ontario doctor just over nine years ago. Read more...

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