Sunday 25 October 2020

Mumbai Police, Maharashtra govt practically lose Sushant case

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government today rendered Mumbai Police and Maharashtra government’s plea against Bihar Police taking over the case of the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput infructuous in proceedings of the Supreme Court where it said it had decided to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The union government told the Supreme Court that it had accepted the Bihar government’s recommendation for a CBI probe into the actor’s death. After Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta conveyed this decision of the union government, the court made no comment on it.

This followed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recommendation yesterday of a CBI investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s mysterious death amid the turf war between the police forces of Patna and Mumbai. The late actor’s father KK Singh had lodged an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty, three members of her family and two managers on 26 July.

While the Maharashtra government opposed the probe by CBI, saying that the FIR filed by Patna Police was “politically motivated” and that it did not have any jurisdiction, the Centre’s decision to refer the case to CBI implies now it’s no longer under either Mumbai Police or Bihar Police.

Nevertheless, “quarantining of the Bihar Police officer has not sent good message despite the fact that Mumbai Police has a good professional reputation,” the top court said, dealing with the turf war between the forces.

The apex court snubbed Mumbai Police by saying that quarantining of the IPS officer who arrived in Mumbai to lead Bihar Police’s investigation into the death of the actor “does not send a good message”.

Meanwhile, Rhea Chakraborty would get no relief from the apex court in this scenario either. In other words, she may now be arrested. The Enforcement Directorate has summoned her for questioning already. She is accused of laundering Sushant Singh Rajput’s money.

Also accused of abetting Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide — as Mumbai Police puts it — in June, she may have pleaded to get the case back in Mumbai, but it would mean little once the CBI investigation starts.

Truth seems to have won in both Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya and the highest court of the country in New Delhi — ironically for the accused in the Sushant case who had tried to take a moral high ground the other day, invoking the mantra “Satyameva Jayate”.

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