The Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for a CBI probe into Sushant Singh Rajput death case. While delivering the order, Justice Hrishikesh Roy upheld the Bihar government’s recommendation to transfer the FIR lodged in the sensational death case in Patna to the central probe agency.
Pronouncing its verdict on Rhea Chakraborty’s plea seeking transfer of an FIR filed against her in the late Bollywood actor’s death case from Bihar to Maharashtra, the apex court said that Bihar government is competent to transfer the case to the CBI for investigation. The FIR registered by Bihar Police on the complaint of Sushant’s father Krishna Kishore Singh is correct and the reference to the CBI is lawful.
The late Bollywood actor’s father had filed a case with the Patna Police in which he accused Rhea Chakraborty of abetting his son’s suicide, keeping him in wrongful confinement, and defrauding him of crores of rupees.
Rhea’s transfer petition was opposed by the Bihar government and Sushant’s father.
The FIR also mentions the name of Rhea’s parents Indrajit Chakraborty and Sandhya Chakraborty, brother Showik Chakraborty, and common friends Samuel Miranda and Shruti Modi.
Bihar Police have booked Rhea and five others under IPC Section 306 (Abetment of suicide), Sec 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), Sec 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement), Sec 380 (Theft in dwelling house), Sec 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust), and Sec 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property).
Buoyed with the apex court’s order, Vikas Singh, the lawyer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, said that it is a victory for the aggrieved family. “SC ruled on all points in our favor. The court also clearly said that the FIR registered at Patna was correct,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, Niraj Singh Babloo, Bihar BJP MLA and relative of the deceased actor thanked the apex court for ordering CBI probe into the case. “Our family thanks the Supreme Court, and all those who were a part of this movement for justice. Now, we are certain that Sushant will get justice,” he said.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.
The Centre, which is also a party in the case, had sought top court’s permission for an investigation into the sensational case by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate. The Centre had ordered a CBI enquiry on Bihar government’s recommendation.
During the earlier hearings, the Bihar government had told the apex court that due to “political clout” Mumbai Police didn’t even register an FIR in Sushant’s death case.
The Centre argued that it is a fit case for a CBI inquiry. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the court that Mumbai Police never registered an FIR to investigate.
Mumbai Police have questioned 56 persons, including Bollywood biggies such as Aditya Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, film critic Rajeev Masan in connection with Sushant’s death case. Source timesnownews.com