Sushant Singh Rajput death case handed over to CBI: Centre to SC
New Delhi: In a recent update over the investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the abetment to suicide case against actor Rhea Chakraborty has now been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had made the recommendation to hand over the case registered against Rajput's alleged former live-in-partner and actor Rhea Chakraborty to the CBI. This development came following the request from the deceased actor's father KK Rajput. Kumar had also announced that his government will finish all the formalities for sending the recommendation on Tuesday itself.
Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the recommendation by the Bihar government has been accepted and the case into the actor’s death is now transferred to the CBI. Mukul Rohtagi, senior advocate for the Bihar government, said that they welcome the decision.
During the Supreme Court hearing, Rajput’s family lawyer Vikas Singh alleged that the evidence has been tampered with by the Mumbai Police. He also pointed out the cooperation gap between the two police forces and said that the Mumbai Police must cooperate with Bihar Police.
However, R Basant, the lawyer for Maharashtra government, said that all the allegations against the Mumbai Police are politically motivated. According to Basant, there is no jurisdiction for Bihar Police to register an FIR. Moreover, he also pointed out that there has been no FIR registered in Mumbai till now. Hence, Bihar Police has no right to sit in judgment of the Mumbai Police’s investigation, the lawyer added.
According to the Supreme Court, Mumbai Police has registered a case of unnatural death. Moreover, the FIR in Patna has raised many issues as well. The court is of the view that this case has already attracted too much media attention hence quarantining of police personnel sends a wrong message. Mehta, on the other hand, is of the view that it is not important to note whether the Bihar or Mumbai police are doing a good job. According to him, more importance should be given on the fact that evidence should not be destroyed.
As of now, the SC has asked Rajput’s family, Bihar government, Maharashtra government, and the Centre to file their replies within three days. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has been even asked to file a report on the state of their investigation. The next hearing of the case will be held next week. The SC is also currently hearing Rhea Chakraborty's petition seeking a transfer of the investigation into the case from Patna to Mumbai.