Now, in Sushant Rajput death case, the circumstances in which this death took place needs to be inquired into, a bench headed by Justice Hrishikesh Roy said during the hearing held through video conferencing. The court was hearing the plea of Chakraborty, 28, seeking transfer of the Bihar Police FIR. It directed Rajput’s father, Bihar and Maharashtra governments to respond within three days to the plea. The state of Maharashtra also should apprise the court on the status of investigations in Sushant Rajput death case by the Mumbai Police by the next date, the court said, and listed the matter for next week. The Mumbai Police has said it has recorded the statements of 56 persons so far.
The court also took note of the action of authorities in Mumbai in putting a Bihar IPS officer who reached Mumbai for the investigations in Sushant Rajput death case, in quarantine and said, “The incident of quarantining a police officer (of Bihar) has not sent a good message”. Mumbai Police has good professional reputation, the bench observed, adding, kindly ensure that everything is done in accordance with law. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said in principle, the authorities have decided to accept the request of the Bihar Police for a CBI probe. The statement from the Centre came when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and lawyer Keshav Mohan, appearing for the Bihar government, said the state police has already decided to entrust the investigation of the case registered in Rajeev Nagar Police Station, Patna to the CBI.
There must not be any obstruction by the Mumbai Police in the investigation and the FIR has been lawfully lodged by Patna police, Rohatgi said. Maharashtra locked up the IPS officer and it appeared as if it was acting on the behalf of the actress, he alleged, adding there was no ground for any interim protection for Chakraborty. During the hearing, senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Rajput’s father, said he has no difficulty if the apex court examines the case but no protective order should be passed in favour of Chakraborty. Singh alleged that Maharashtra Police is destroying the evidence in the case and for the time being, they should be directed to cooperate with the Bihar Police in the ongoing probe.
Senior advocate R Basant, appearing for Maharashtra government, contended that Patna Police has no jurisdiction to either lodge an FIR or investigate the matter and this has been made a political case. We are doing quite a professional job and it is inappropriate that Mumbai Police is being accused like this, he said. Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for Chakraborty, submitted that no coercive action be taken against her till the pendency of the matter. We want all parties to hold their hands. Lawyers are here and I am sure they have all heard you”, the bench observed.
The Enforcement Directorate(ED), meanwhile, has summoned Chakraborty for questioning on August 7 in connection with a money laundering case stemming from a complaint filed by Rajput’s father, officials said. Chakraborty will be questioned and her statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act(PMLA), they said. The questioning is linked to a money laundering case that was registered by the ED last week on the basis of the Bihar Police FIR. JD(U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said with the Centre accepting the Bihar government’s recommendation for a CBI inquiry the state can now hope that justice will be done in Rajput’s death.
“We are also hopeful that the investigation will expose before the world the ‘shadyantra ke khel'(conspiratorial games) that are played in the ‘maya nagar’ (tinsel town),” he said in a statement in Patna. Senior BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said the Maharashtra government should let the Mumbai Police work independently. “I expect various angles of the case, including financial transactions, will be checked (by the CBI),” he said. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Anil Deshmukh have been maintaining there is no need to hand over the case to the CBI despite the pressure mounting on them from various quarters. BJP MP Narayan Rane on Tuesday even claimed that Rajput was murdered. The former Maharashtra chief minister, who made the sensational claim at a media briefing, did not offer any evidence to back his allegation.