Political war erupts between Bihar, Maha in Sushant case
A full-blown political war has erupted between poll-bound Bihar and Maharashtra over the ongoing probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death amid new revelation emerging thick and fast about various aspect of the relationship between the actor and his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.
Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey said they have not been able to locate actress Rhea Chakraborty in Mumbai and she was “under watch” in the abetment to suicide case in the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput.
Hours after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray slammed those criticising the Mumbai Police probe into the actor’s death, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi accused Thackeray of trying to save people responsible for Sushant’s death.
“Uddhav Thackeray is under pressure from the Bollywood mafia patronised by the Congress, therefore he is bent on saving all those responsible in Sushant’s (death) case. How will the Congress show its face to people in Bihar,” Modi said in his tweet.
He took on Thackeray after the Maharashtra CM said his police force’s ability to handle the case should not be questioned. “I would like to condemn those who are raising questions about the ability of the police. Mumbai Police is not inefficient. If anyone has any proof about the case they can bring it to us and we will interrogate and punish the guilty,” said Thackeray.
“Please don’t use this case as an excuse to create friction between the two States of Maharashtra and Bihar,” he added.
Sushil Modi also alleged the Mumbai Police was not cooperating with the Bihar police team.
However, addressing a Press conference in Patna Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey denied such reports.
“Our team had a meeting with Mumbai’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) on Friday evening. The DCP assured of cooperation… Initially, there was some confusion and non-cooperation,” Pandey told reporters in Patna.
Stating that the allegations of Mumbai Police’s misbehavior with the Bihar Police personnel were “rumours”, Pandey said the local police helped the visiting team to reach its destinations in the city for investigations.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police is taking legal opinion if they should assist Bihar Police in carrying out a separate probe in Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The Mumbai police feel Bihar Police has no jurisdiction to probe the case as such they will hand over any document to them only if the court directed so.
A four-member Bihar Police team is in Mumbai since Wednesday to probe the FIR registered in Patna against Chakraborty, 28, and six others including her family members based on the complaint filed by Rajput’s father. Krishna Kumar Singh (74) had lodged the complaint for the alleged abetment to suicide of his son on Tuesday.
As the chorus for a probe by the CBI into the case grew louder, a Bihar Minister said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would definitely act if demand for the premier investigating agency to step in comes from the family of Rajput.
Pandey said the State police want the forensic science laboratory reports, inquest report, post-mortem report and relevant CCTV footage in the case to facilitate its probe.
On Saturday, the Bihar Police team visited the Bandra police station.
When asked whether Chakraborty, who was Rajput’s girlfriend, would be interrogated, an official of the Bihar police said, “It is not required as of now. But she is under our watch.”
Another member of the visiting team said they have sent a notice to Chakraborty under the relevant CrPC sections, asking her to cooperate with the police in the probe.
He also said the Mumbai police was cooperating with them in the investigation of the case.
Rajput, 34, was found hanging in his suburban Bandra apartment in Mumbai on June 14.
A Mumbai police official said the visiting team has recorded the statements of six persons as part of the probe.
“Till now, the police team from Bihar has met the late actor’s friends, colleagues and relatives. They have recorded the statements of six persons — Rajput’s sister, who stays in Versova, former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande, a cook, his friends and colleagues,” the official said.
The police team is also likely to question the members of Rajput’s staff, he said.
“They gathered information about Rajput’s various bank accounts and also visited the banks to look into the financial transactions,” he said.
As per the cause list uploaded on the Supreme Court’s website, the transfer petition filed by Chakraborty will come up for hearing before a bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy on Wednesday.
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.
In her plea filed in the apex court, Chakraborty has alleged that Rajput’s father has used his “influence” in dragging her name into the case and accusing her of the abetment of suicide of his son.
In Patna, Sanjay Kumar Jha, the Bihar Water Resources Minister and a confidante of Nitish Kumar, said the Chief Minister and his Government are committed to bringing justice to the actor’s family and would take every step towards that end.
“The Chief Minister will definitely act if demand for a CBI inquiry comes from the family of Rajput,” Jha told PTI.
DGP Pandey said the Mumbai Police is assisting the visiting team amid reports there was a tussle between the Bihar Police and the local police.
He said the state police is capable enough to investigate the matter and has recorded statements of a number of persons.
Pandey said the Bihar Police wants all medico-legal evidence related to the case handed over to it, asserting that it will bring out the truth at the earliest.
The Bihar Police also wants details of those who were examined by the Mumbai Police and what they have said in their statements, he added.
Replying to a question on demands for a CBI probe, he said, “Why would we ask for a CBI probe. Bihar Police is capable enough to probe the case. If needed, an IPS-rank officer may be sent to Mumbai to lead the investigation.”
Sunday, 02 August 2020 | PNS | Mumbai/Patna