A gifted, proficient artist has died below uncommon circumstances, it must be probed: SC on Sushant dying case

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5

The Centre has in precept accepted the Bihar Government’s suggestion for a CBI probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s unnatural dying, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta instructed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“The matter is now in public domain,” Mehta instructed a Single Judge Bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy throughout listening to of a petition filed by actor Rhea Chakraborty looking for to switch an FIR registered in opposition to her in Patna to Mumbai.

“Till the CBI takes over the investigation, the Mumbai Police should not do anything which will amount to destruction of evidence,” Mehta mentioned, including, “If allowed, we will release notification for CBI probe by the end of the day.”

Mehta mentioned the Centre must be allowed to be impleaded within the matter.

While asking the Mumbai Police to file an affidavit to fulfill the court docket that it has dealt with the case in knowledgeable method, the Bench posted the matter for additional listening to subsequent week. It requested all of the events to file their replies in three days.

During the listening to the Bench mentioned, “A very unfortunate incident has taken place. A gifted and talented artist has passed away in circumstances which are unusual. Now, the circumstances in which this death took place needs to be inquired into.”

The prime court docket pulled up the Mumbai Police for placing a senior Bihar Police officer in quarantine.

“It doesn’t send a right message. He was there to do his job. You must do everything in a professional manner. Protect all evidence,” mentioned Justice Roy at the same time as Maharashtra Government counsel alleged that actions of the Bihar Police had been politically motivated.

Under the CrPC, it was solely the Mumbai Police that had obligation, energy and performance to register and examine the case, the Maharashtra Government counsel submitted.

Justice Roy: Bihar police have already entrusted investigation to the CBI. SG Mehta has acknowledged that in precept centre has accepted the CBI probe request. 

The Mumbai Police have been investigating the case since June 14 when Rajput (34) was discovered hanging from the ceiling of his condo in suburban Bandra within the western metropolis. 

Last week, Rajput’s father KK Singh filed the prison grievance in Patna in opposition to Chakraborty and 6 others, together with her relations, accusing them of abetting the actor’s suicide. Rea needed the Patna case to be transferred to Mumbai.

On behalf of Rea, senior advocate Shyam Divan urged the court docket to make sure that no coercive motion was taken in opposition to her.

But the Bench mentioned, “We will only say investigation in accordance with law by competent authority.”

Rea has contended that she has been falsely implicated within the case.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi represented the Bihar Government, which has filed a caveat within the matter. He needed the court docket to listen to it subsequent week.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh appeared for Rajput’s father who has filed a caveat within the matter to pre-empt any ex-parte order.

“How is it that the entire Bollywood film industry is being called for questioning by the Mumbai Police, but the person who lowered body from ceiling has been allowed to go to Hyderabad…” requested Singh.

He urged the court docket to direct the Mumbai Police to help the Bihar Police whereas the matter was being heard by SC. “Their entire attempt is to destroy evidence by disabling the Patna Police,” he submitted.

The Bihar Government too filed a caveat in Rhea Chakraborty’s petition to help Rajput’s father within the prime court docket and to oppose her plea for switch of case filed in Patna to Mumbai.

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