The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the CBI to take over the investigation in the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The apex court also asked the Mumbai police to hand over all evidence it has collected to the agency.
The court also upheld the FIR registered in Patna based on a complaint by Sushant Singh’s father. It also said that a fair, competent and impartial probe was the need of the hour to stop speculation.
The court said the Patna Police had not committed illegality in lodging an FIR against Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and six others. The complaint accused Chakraborty and others of abetting the suicide of the 34-year-old actor.
The Supreme Court said since the Mumbai police had registered only an accidental death report, it had limited investigation powers. The Bihar police, however, has registered a full-fledged FIR which already stands referred to the CBI.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.
What court observed
A bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy said both Bihar and Maharashtra are “making acrimonious allegations of political interference against each other”, the legitimacy of probe has come under a cloud and in such a situation there is a reasonable apprehension of “truth being a casualty and justice becoming a victim”.
It said Sushant Singh Rajput was a talented actor in the Mumbai film world and died well before his full potential could be realised. His family, friends and admirers are keenly waiting for the outcome of the investigation,” the court said, adding that the outcome would be a measure of justice for the actor’s father, who lost his only son.
What Rhea’s plea said
The verdict came on a plea filed by Chakraborty who had sought transfer of the FIR lodged against her at Patna to Mumbai.
Rhea Chakraborty has denied Sushant Singh’s father’s allegations as “total nonsense”. She has said that the move to supersede the Mumbai Police investigation had become about politics ahead of the Bihar election.
Bihar government had earlier argued that “political clout” has not allowed Mumbai Police to even register an FIR in the case.
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