Centre accepts request for CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
New Delhi: Sushant Singh Rajput death case: A bench headed by Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that the truth behind the death of Sushant needs to come out. "Truth should come out so far as the death of an actor is concerned."
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a status report from Maharashtra Police on the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The SC bench, headed by Justice Hrishikesh Roy, also asked Maharashtra, Bihar and father of Rajput to file their replies on the petition of actor Rhea Chakraborty seeking transfer of the case from Patna to Mumbai.
During the course of the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the Supreme Court that the Centre had accepted the request of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar request for a CBI probe, according to news agency PTI.
A bench headed by Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that the truth behind the death of Sushant needs to come out. “Truth should come out so far as the death is concerned,” the bench said. Rajput, aged 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.
The Bihar Police had last week registered an FIR against Chakraborty, her family members and others on the charge of abetment to suicide, cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement.
The lawyer representing the father of Rajput claimed in the SC that Maharashtra Police was destroying evidence in the case. The probe of the Bihar Police SIT sent to Mumbai to investigate death has come to a halt after Patna City (Central) SP Vinay Tiwari, who is leading the team, was put into home quarantine by the BMC.
“Quarantining of Bihar Police officer has not sent good message despite the fact that Mumbai Police has a good professional reputation,” the court said.
Saying that the matter has been turned into a “political case”, the Maharashtra government contended that Patna police had no jurisdiction to either lodge an FIR or investigate it.
On Tuesday, Lawyer of Chakraborty, reacting to the Bihar government recommending a CBI probe into death, said, “The petition filed by Rhea Chakraborty in Supreme Court that Bihar Police had no jurisdiction to investigate the case will continue to be heard. There cannot be a transfer to CBI of a case that had no legal basis for Bihar to get involved. At the most (what could have been registered in Bihar) is a zero FIR transferable to Mumbai Police.”
At the center of the row are the opposite statements given by KK Singh to the police forces of the two states. Soon after the suicide, Singh and other family members had told the Mumbai Police that they do not suspect foul play and had no complaint against anyone.
However, later, Singh approached the police in Patna and gave a statement against Chakraborty, her family, and others, for allegedly abetting suicide and transferring money from his account, among other things, drawing the Enforcement Directorate to investigate alleged money laundering.