The Bihar Government on Tuesday recommended a CBI enquiry into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, a move contested by Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer, who insisted the State had no jurisdiction to make such a recommendation.
As Patna and Mumbai Police were locked in a bitter turf war over who had the mandate of law to investigate the sensational death of Rajput, Nitish earlier said his Government will recommend handing over the case to the central probe agency after the actor’s father gave his consent.
KK Singh, Rajput’s father, had on July 25 lodged a police complaint against Chakraborty, a budding actor and his son’s rumoured girlfriend, of abetting his suicide, keeping him in wrongful confinement and defrauding him of crores of rupees.
“The actor’s father spoke to the DGP and gave his consent for a CBI probe. Since he had lodged an FIR with Bihar police, we could not have recommended a CBI enquiry. Now that he has consented, I have asked the DGP to complete all formalities today and the Government will send its recommendation today itself,” Nitish had told journalists.
Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satishmane Shinde, meanwhile, called into question the Bihar government’s decision. “There cannot be transfer of a case which had no legal basis to begin with for the Bihar police to get involved,” he said.
Kumar’s announcement also did not go down well with the ruling coalition in Maharashtra which claimed it encroached upon the rights of the State Government.
Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey, however, defended the State Government’s decision in view of the “inaction” of Mumbai Police.
“What was Mumbai police doing these 50 days. They were not cooperating with our police. When Bihar home secretary phoned his Maharashtra counterpart, he would not answer the call. All channels of communication were blocked. We doubt your (Mumbai police’s) intentions,” he said.
The development came a day before the Supreme Court is slated to hear a petition by Rhea Chakraborty seeking transfer of the case to Mumbai, where an investigation in the matter is already on.
The State Governments of Bihar and Maharashtra have already filed separate caveats in the top court seeking to be heard before any order is passed on Chakraborty’s plea. The father of the late actor has also filed a caveat in the apex court.
Wednesday, 05 August 2020 | PTI | Patna/Mumbai
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