Asha Goel’s murder case reopened

An ex-Canadian homicide investigator with Ottawa police has said that he was asked to stay away from the murder investigation of Asha Goel, an Ontario doctor who was found dead in her brother’s apartment in India nine years ago.

Ken Doyle, a former homicide investigator with Ottawa police, said he was instructed by his superiors in the Ottawa police service not to further investigate the case of Goel, despite his belief that there is enough evidence to justify the extradition of an Ottawa man for whom Mumbai police have issued an arrest warrant.

Doyle’s statement to a national news channel reconfirms allegations that Mumbai police has been making about Canadian government’s lack of support to investigate the case. Goel`s family has been asking for justice from the Canadian government for a long time.

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, 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.

Agrawal, who has not been formally charged, appealed the warrant and the matter is now before the courts in India.

A website dedicated to seek justice for Goel had already mentioned that 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 had declared this an “Indian problem” and did not 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.

Now the accusation that Canada was stalling Goel’s murder probe comes from a former homicide investigator with Ottawa police. Doyle was contacted by the Goel family in 2004 to assist them with the case.

“Because your hands are tied from the onset, I was instructed through our chain of command that we were not going to conduct an official investigation,” Doyle told CBC News.
Doyle, who worked for the Ottawa police for 30 years, says he believes the victim’s husband, Dr. Sadan Goel, and his family have been denied justice in the nine years since the doctor’s slaying.