Patna, August 21
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Friday hoped the CBI will crack the suspected demise by suicide case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput which, he mentioned, had develop into “messy” on account of “finger-pointing” by people and the states of Maharashtra and Bihar.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” Sinha mentioned, as he hailed the Supreme Court’s resolution handing over the probe within the case to CBI.
Sinha, who hails from Patna like Rajput, mentioned the deceased actor was “extremely talented”, and lamented the “stupidity and silence” of a “large section” of Hindi movie fraternity and English-speaking individuals who undermine actors and different achievers coming from “chhote shahar” (small cities).
The Bollywood actor of yesteryear mentioned he had earlier spoken about handing over the case to the CBI for a good inquiry and to finish the squabble between Bihar and Maharashtra police.
“The case was becoming messy…I praise the wisdom of the apex court for ordering a CBI inquiry into the matter,” Sinha, fondly known as “shotgun” for overtly talking his thoughts, mentioned.
He, nevertheless, mentioned the CBI was not a “holy cow” because it “failed to successfully solve” the Aarushi Talwar homicide case in Delhi, the assassination of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and the mysterious demise of actor Jiah Khan.
“Though not a ‘holy cow’, it (CBI) is still the ‘best cow’, well equipped to probe such a sensitive case,” he advised PTI, and hoped fact will come out within the 34-year-old actor’s demise case quickly.
Sinha, who served as a Union minister within the Atal Bihari Vajpayee authorities, praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav and LJP president Chirag Paswan for insistently searching for a CBI inquiry within the case.
He additionally praised actors Shekhar Suman and Kangana Ranaut for elevating their voice in help of the deceased actor however questioned the “silence” of a big part of Bollywood celebrities over the demise of Rajput.
“It might be because of their self-interest or fear of hurting powerful people,” he mentioned, with out taking names.
“Had more and more people from the film industry lent their voice, the national outcry in Rajput’s death case could have yielded results much earlier,” he added.
Sinha mentioned he had met Rajput as soon as and located him a “good mannered” man.
“He told me I am his role model. I told him you will go miles ahead of me and become a superstar due to your tremendous acting talent,” he mentioned.
Sinha decried these within the Hindi movie trade who mocked aspirants from small cities and villages, calling them folks from “chhote shahar aur chhoti soch” (small city folks with petty ideas).
“Is Patna a chhota shahar? Great personalities like the first president of independent India Dr Rajendra Prasad, Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan and a host of top bureaucrats…IAS and IPS officers have their roots in Patna and Bihar,” he mentioned.
Sinha admitted “nepotism and favouritism” existed in Bollywood and mentioned he himself needed to face hardship on his strategy to turning into “zero to hero”.
He, nevertheless, refused to discuss actress Rhea Chakraborty, who Rajput’s father has accused of abetting his son’s suicide, saying he by no means met her and doesn’t know a lot in regards to the case. PTI