Monday 26 October 2020

Sushant case: CBI, ED probes more important, lest NCB makes you forget

Mass hysteria began on 26 August with the NCB's case against Rhea, as public attention was driven away from the suspected murder of Sushant to a curiosity as to who all in Bollywood were drug addicts

While the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had on 10 September arrested Rhea Chakraborty after questioning her for three days in connection with drugs-related allegations in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, public attention seems to have been deflected from the investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Rhea, who has been charged under various sections of the NDPS Act for her alleged role in the drugs angle which has emerged in the investigations into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, it is apparent, could not have plotted a devious scheme to eliminate Sushant. So, whodunnit?

The following recollection of the proceedings of the case since the discovery of the corpse of Sushant Singh Rajput should help people move their focus away from the distracting subplots like Rhea and the politics surrounding Kangana Ranaut who is staying in news with one loaded statement every other day.

On 14 June, actor Sushant Singh Rajput found dead at his Bandra apartment in Mumbai. Mumbai Police officials said that prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide. However, no suicide note was found.

On 15 June, actress Kangana Ranaut accuses a section of people in the film industry of not acknowledging Sushant Singh Rajput, debunked the theory of the actor committing suicide, talks about nepotism in Bollywood. But this is mutually contradictory. If nepotism, which is unethical but not a crime, was the issue, it lends credence to the theory that Sushant had a reason to be depressed and, hence, commit suicide.

The provisional post mortem report of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput reveals that the provisional cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging. This is like singing a chorus with Mumbai Police that had claimed within 15 min of its discovery of the corpse that the actor had committed suicide.

Sushant Singh Rajput is cremated later that day at Vile Parle’s Pawan Hans crematorium.

On 17 June, Mumbai Police records statement of film and casting director Mukesh Chhabra.

On 18 June, Rajput’s family immerses his ashes in the Ganga river. Meanwhile, Mumbai Police’s inquest — in the place of investigation — continues as it questions Rhea Chakraborty.

On 20 June, Mumbai Police records the statements of Sushant Singh Rajput’s managerial staff.

On 6 July, Mumbai Police records the statements of director and producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He reveals that he had offered Sushant four films, but the actor could not be a part of any of the films. So far, the game is playing according to the script of “depression” and consequent “suicide”.

On 16 July, Rhea Chakraborty confirms for the first time that she was Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend and requests a CBI inquiry into the matter.

On 18 July, Mumbai Police records the statement of filmmaker Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films.

On 20 July, Mumbai Police records statements of three psychiatrists and one psychotherapist.

On 28 July, Sushant Singh Rajput’s father Krishna Kishor Singh’s complaint leads to an FIR registered against Rhea Chakraborty in Patna under various sections including abetment of suicide.

On 29 July, a team of Bihar Police reaches Mumbai to probe the matter.

Rhea Chakraborty moves the Supreme Court seeking to transfer the investigation in the case registered against her in Patna to Mumbai claiming Bihar did not have jurisdiction in the matter.

On 30 July, the family of Sushant Singh Rajput files caveat in the Supreme Court on Rhea Chakraborty’s petition.

On 31 July, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registers an enforcement case information report (ECIR) in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. BJP MLA and a relative of the late actor, Niraj Kumar Singh Babloo, says Mumbai Police was just doing ‘formality’. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government files a caveat before the Supreme Court too — on Rhea’s plea.

On 1 August, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray says the case of Sushant Singh Rajput should not be politicised or used to create friction between Maharashtra and Bihar.

On 2 August, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh condemns the demand for Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case to be handed over to the CBI.

On 3 August, IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, heading a police team from Patna probing into the case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, is “forcibly quarantined” by the municipal authorities in Mumbai.

Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey says a team has examined the quarantine guidelines of Maharashtra government and asserted that the quarantine was not needed.

BJP MLA Niraj Kumar Singh raises the issue of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in Bihar assembly and demands a CBI probe.

An ED team questions Sandip Shridhar, Chartered Accountant of Sushant.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh says they are taking legal opinion to examine if Bihar Police can investigate the case. In the meantime, he pays a visit to the Thackerays at Matoshree despite the fact that it may raise questions on his professional integrity, as the chief minister’s son Aaditya Thackeray has been seen on several occasions hobnobbing with that section of Bollywood which is suspected to be behind Sushant’s mysterious death.

On 4 August, Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan, BJP leader Nishikant Dubey and Sushant Singh Rajput’s father request Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to transfer Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case to the CBI.

The Bombay High Court postpones a hearing on a Public Interest Litigation seeking transfer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case to the CBI due to heavy rains in Mumbai.

The Bihar government recommends a CBI inquiry in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

On 5 August, the union government accepts the Bihar government’s recommendation for a CBI probe.

The Bombay High Court adjourns a PIL seeking CBI probe in death case in view of Supreme Court hearing.

The Supreme Court directs the Centre, Bihar and Maharashtra governments, Mumbai Police and the father of Sushant Singh Rajput to file their replies on actor Rhea Chakraborty’s plea.

The ED summons actor Rhea Chakraborty in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case on 7 August.

A PIL is filed in the Supreme Court for court-monitored CBI probe into the death of Disha Salian, actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s former commercial manager, claiming that both cases are inter-linked.

On 6 August, the CBI registers a case against Rhea Chakraborty, Indrajit Chakraborty, Sandhya Chakraborty, Showik Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda, Shruti Modi and others over Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. This is the most important part of the case that has taken a backseat in the hullabaloo of the drug racket active in Bollywood.

On 7 August, the Bihar government files an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the transfer petition filed by actor Rhea Chakraborty is “misconceived and not maintainable”.

ED questions actor Rhea Chakraborty in Mumbai. ED also questions Shruti Modi, former business manager of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Bihar IPS Vinay Tiwari, probing the matter in Mumbai, leaves for Patna and accused the authorities in Mumbai of obstructing the probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

On 8 August, father of the late actor, KK Singh files an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming Rhea Chakraborty’s plea has become ‘infructuous’ since the case was transferred to the CBI.

Deshmukh says the state government will abide by the Supreme Court’s order related to Mumbai Police probe into late actor’s death case.

Mumbai Police files a reply based on Rhea’s plea in Supreme Court saying the CBI should not have registered an FIR in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

On 9 August, ED quizzes Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik in Mumbai.

On 10 August, Rhea Chakraborty files a fresh plea in the Supreme Court against the alleged “unfair media trial” against her in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

On 11 August, the Supreme Court reserves its judgment on Rhea’s plea and asked all the parties to file their submissions.

On 13 August, CBI files its submission in the apex court. It said that the CBI and ED should be allowed by the Supreme Court to continue the investigation in the death case.
August 17: ED records the statement of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father.

On 18 August, Rhea Chakraborty, in a statement through her lawyer, says that the financial transactions of the actor were “crystal clear and there is nothing incriminating against her”. She also alleged that Sushant’s sister Priyanka once “groped” her while being drunk.

On 19 August, the Supreme Court holds that the FIR registered in Bihar’s Patna is legitimate and orders the CBI to investigate the case. It says that the Bihar government was competent to recommend transferring the case to the CBI.

On 20 August, the ED records the statement of film maker Rumi Jaffery in connection with a money laundering case probe linked to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

On 21 August, the ED questions and records the statement of Priyanka Singh, elder sister of Sushant Singh Rajput, in connection with a money laundering case probe linked to the actor’s death.

On 22 August, a CBI team visits actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s house in suburban Bandra to reconstruct the sequence of events before he was found dead on 14 June. The CBI sleuths are accompanied by Rajput’s cook Neeraj, another domestic help Deepesh Sawant and the actor’s flat-mate Siddharth Pithani. These three are present in the flat when Rajput was found hanging in his room.

On 23 August, the CBI sleuths question actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend Siddharth Pithani, cook Neeraj Singh and domestic help Deepesh Sawant at the DRDO guest house in connection with his death case.

On 25 August, the ED, probing a money laundering angle into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, refers some evidence to the CBI and the Narcotics Control Bureau about her alleged links to banned drugs.

On 26 August, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) files a criminal case against Rhea Chakraborty and others for their alleged dealings in banned drugs. Public hysteria begins, as people’s attention is driven away from the suspected murder to a curiosity as to who all in Bollywood are drug addicts!

Rhea may have given Sushant Singh Rajput banned drugs without his knowledge in order to “control his mind” and “manipulate” him, his lawyer Vikas Singh says.

On 27 August, the CBI calls Sushant Singh Rajput’s flat-mate Siddharth Pithani for the seventh consecutive day for questioning in the actor’s death case.

Rhea Chakraborty says there was a life-threat to her and her family and requests the Mumbai police for protection. Rhea shares a video where her father is seen hounded by the media outside her building compound.

A three-member team of the NCB from Delhi arrives in Mumbai to probe the drugs aspect in the actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

On 28 August, the CBI questions Rhea Chakraborty for the first time in the Sushant death case for over 10 hours.

The ED summons Goa-based businessman Gaurav Arya in connection with its money laundering probe after the agency is unable to find him in his hotel.

On 29 August, the CBI questions Rhea Chakraborty for seven hours. The central agency interrogates the actress for the second consecutive day.

On 30 August, the CBI questions Rhea Chakraborty for the third consecutive day for around nine hours.

On 31 August, the CBI questions actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik for more than eight hours.

On 1 September, the CBI questions parents of actress Rhea Chakraborty for the first time in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

The NCB detains an alleged contraband dealer who has “links” with its probe in the drugs trafficking case pertaining to the death case of Sushant Singh.

On 2 September, the NCB arrests two alleged contraband dealers in connection with the drugs trafficking case. The arrested men are identified by the federal anti-narcotics agency as Zaid Vilatra and Basit Parihar.

The CBI questions Rhea Chakraborty’s father for the second consecutive day for around 10 hours.

On 3 September, the CBI questions Sushant Singh Rajput’s psychiatrist Susan Walker for the first time in connection with the film star’s death.

The NCB questions another person, suspected to be a drug trafficker, in connection with the drug trafficking probe.

On 4 September, the NCB conducts searches at the premises of Showik Chakraborty, brother of main accused Rhea Chakraborty, and Samuel Miranda.

On 5 September, the NCB arrests Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda. Both Showik and Miranda named as accused by the ED and the CBI in the FIRs registered by them in Rajput’s death case.

Showik Chakraborty “dealt in drugs with many others” and had links with accused Abdel Basit Parihar, the NCB says in a court.

The NCB arrests Dipesh Sawant, a member of Sushant Singh Rajput’s personal staff, in connection with a drugs probe linked to the actor’s death. With this, the total number of people arrested in this case has risen to six.

On 6 September, Rhea Chakraborty appears before the NCB to explain her alleged drug dealings.

On 7 September, Rhea files a complaint with Mumbai Police, accusing Rajput’s sister Priyanka Singh and a Delhi-based doctor of forgery and preparing a “fake” prescription of medicines for anxiety.

The NCB questions Rhea Chakraborty for about 8 h, the second consecutive day of her interrogation.

On 8 September, the NCB arrests Rhea Chakraborty after questioning her for three days in connection with drugs-related allegations.

NCB produces Rhea before a magistrate, the court rejects Rhea’s bail plea, sends her to 14-day judicial custody.

Simultaneously, the spar between Kangana Ranaut and the Maharashtra government led by Shiv Sena peaks and people nearly forget the main issue is supposed to be the suspected murder of Sushant Singh Rajput.

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