In a massive victory for Sushant Singh Rajput’s family and fans, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of Bollywood actor. The apex court further asked the Mumbai Police to hand over all the evidence gathered so far in connection with the case to the CBI.
The lawyer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the transfer of an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty and others to the CBI. “The Supreme Court has accepted all points. The court also clearly said that the FIR registered at Patna was correct,” senior advocate Vikas Singh told media persons. Sushant’s father Krishna Kishore Singh had on July 25 filed a complaint with the Bihar Police against Rhea and five others.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected actor Rhea Chakraborty’s petition to transfer the investigation from Patna to Mumbai in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. The court said that sBihar government was competent to give consent to CBI for probing into the Patna FIR.
A single-judge bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy pronounced the judgement.
The bench held that the contents as disclosed by the FIR registered in Patna indicate that even Mumbai Police has jurisdiction.
The apex court had reserved its judgement on Chakraborty’s petition after a hearing on August 11.
In her petition, Chakraborty said that the Bihar Police have no jurisdiction in the case and that the actor’s death was being used for political gains ahead of elections in the state. Heightened media attention and sensationalising of the case is another ground on which Chakraborty has sought the transfer of the case to Mumbai.
Based on Rajput’s father KK Singh’s complaint that Rhea Chakraborty was responsible for abetment of his son’s suicide, Patna Police registered an FIR on July 25.
Singh also alleged that Chakraborty illegally transferred Rs 15 crore from Rajput’s bank account. However, the actor has denied all allegations and maintained that she will cooperate with an investigation launched by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Meanwhile, Singh was quizzed by the ED on his son’s finances on Tuesday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also registered a case against Chakraborty and three members of her family members.
Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.