Saturday 31 October 2020

Sushant whodunnit: CBI to arrive at conclusion in consultation with AIIMS

The CBI has run into several unanswered questions that point towards a possible foul play involved in the death of the promising actor from Bihar

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A day after returning from Mumbai, the Special Investigation Team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) met senior officials and apprised them of the findings into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The CBI team will, sources said, talk to the forensics team of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that is supposed to come out with Sushant’s viscera examination report on 20 September,

The CBI team had returned from Mumbai nearly a month after recording the statements of several people and recreating the crime scene.

The CBI team conducted a thorough re-examination of the scene of the crime, which includes the bedroom and duplex flat of Sushant Singh Rajput, where the actor, Mumbai Police claimed, had committed suicide. Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts from the AIIMS studied Cooper Hospital’s autopsy files and conducted tests on the preserved viscera of Sushant.

Highly placed sources in the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS, said that findings of its expert team would certainly shed light on the mysterious death. Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS, Dr Sudhir Gupta stated that his team will share only such findings that are conclusive with CBI.

Phone records of Sushant, behaviour of staffers suspicious

Sources in the CBI have revealed major leads on the homicide. Sushant Singh Rajput’s phone usage hinted “suspicious behaviour” by the actor a “day before his body was found”, sources said.

Besides Rhea Chakraborty, the prime accused in the case, the investigating agencies have questioned the late actor’s staffers as well as his friends for probable inconsistencies in their statements.

There are several unanswered questions the CBI has run into. For example, why, if Rajput’s cook Neeraj had served him a glass of juice in the morning of 14 June, the post-mortem report recorded an “empty bladder”.

Also, why, when Dipesh Sawant said that he was knocking the door from 10:30 AM to 1 PM, “alarmed”, on 14 June, he was simultaneously texting an individual for an advertisement-related matter.

CBI sources confirm also that post-13 June, 2.22 PM, Rajput did not answer any call or message on his phone. Neighbours said on numerous occasions that the lights of Rajput’s house were switched off at 10.30 PM on 13 June. This was unusual since the actor would be awake until 4 AM otherwise. 

Some of the other aspects in the investigation revolve around a Rs 14 lakh watch that has been missing. It’s not in Rajput’s drawer. CBI wants to know why the actor did not give his father or sisters the keys of the house. When the family went to receive the late actor’s body, why was everybody who was already present in the flat behaving as though nothing untoward had happened? The family members were shocked to see that the other members in the house were cooking food and getting ready for a meal when they went to receive the mortal remains of the Kai Po Che actor.

Case meanders about in non-issue territories

The story of Sushant Singh Rajput’s suspected murder, shrouded in alleged myth-making by Mumbai Police, has been meandering about aimlessly to a drug story surrounding the actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and a gang on the one hand, and Kangana Ranaut’s bid to attract eyeballs from the opportunity thrown up by the issue on the other, with the ruling Shiv Sena’s attempt to save its skin thrown in, in good measure.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has detained four drug peddlers as part of its investigation. Carrying out raids in Mumbai’s Powai and Andheri suburbs, besides Thane, the NCB has recovered a total quantity of 1.418 kg of contrabands like charas and ganja (cannabis).

The sustained interrogation of siblings Rhea and Showik Chakraborty has revealed that around 20 people from Bollywood were involved in the consumption and use of these drugs. A few politicians may be part of the drug cartel’s clientele, say some television channels.

The questioning of these 20 people is likely to begin on Monday, enlarging the scope of the investigation which is now essentially a high-profile drug case that the NCB is pursuing.

The NCB had summoned the late actor’s former manager Shruti Modi and talent manager Jaya Saha for questioning on Wednesday. However, their questioning was called off after one of the team members of SIT tested positive for coronavirus. Shruti and Jaya were to be questioned about the drug use and delivery to Sushant and his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested last Tuesday, and if they were aware of this.

In the ongoing probe into the death of the actor, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday said that there was “no breach” on the part of Dr RN Cooper hospital and the Mumbai police in allowing Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakrabarty inside the mortuary of the hospital. The SHRC said that based on the details of the waiting area, all the protocols were duly followed. The matter, therefore, has been disposed of.

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