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Sushant Singh Rajput case: ED records statement of actor’s sister Priyanka

The CBI team, probing the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput, has been exempted by the BMC from the mandatory 14-day home quarantine. The CBI is expected to meet the Mumbai Police on Friday.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 21, 2020 5:04:52 pm
Sushant Singh Rajput death case, Centre okays CBI probe, SSR death CBI probe, SC on Sushant death cases, Rhea chakraborty plea, Bihar government, Nitish Kumar, Bihar Police, Mumbai police, Indian expressSushant Singh Rajput died on June 14.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death probe has been taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In compliance with the Supreme Court order, a 10-member team of the CBI reached Mumbai on Thursday. The officials have been exempted from the mandatory 14-day home quarantine after the health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) received an email from the CBI seeking exemption from home quarantine. BMC had on Wednesday said that if the CBI team visits Mumbai for more than seven days, it will have to apply for exemption via email. Earlier, the BMC had quarantined Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari who had landed in the city to investigate the case.

The latest process follows the SC order earlier this week where it directed the CBI to take over the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput, while upholding the FIR filed by Sushant’s father KK Singh in Patna. The apex court further asked the Maharashtra Police to assist the CBI for the same. The team of CBI, which includes forensic experts, will visit the late actor’s Bandra residence, where he was found dead on June 14. The Mumbai Police on Thursday said that in keeping with the court order, its inquiry into the case will continue. A senior police officer said the investigation will continue “although people may not be summoned for recording statement for now.” So far, the Mumbai Police has registered the statements of 56 people, including filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aditya Chopra. The CBI team is likely to meet the Mumbai Police officials on Friday and collect copies of the statements recorded so far.

In light of the ongoing CBI probe, Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kriti on Friday expressed her faith in the CBI. She took to Twitter to restate her trust in the investigating body, while also inviting fans and well-wishers to join her in a global prayer meet for Sushant on August 22. Shweta tweeted, “#CBIInMumbai The whole world has relentlessly fought for CBI Enquiry and now it is the responsibility of CBI to uphold our trust in them, we have full faith that CBI will most definitely bring the truth out and justice will be served. #CBIForSSR.”

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17:04 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI to recreate crime scene: Sources

CBI will reportedly recreate the crime scene at the spot at Sushant's flat, during the investigation, sources told PTI.

16:53 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI to visit Sushant's building

The CBI team will visit Sushant Singh Rajput's flat in 'Mont Blanc' building where he was found hanging, PTI reported.

16:21 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI collected autopsy and forensic reports and other important documents

PTI further reported that the CBI team collected case diary of the ADR and other important documents related to the investigation, which included autopsy and forensic reports.

15:57 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI registers an ADR

Another team of the CBI reached the Bandra Police Station, where an ADR (accidental death report) was registered regarding the alleged suicide of Sushant, PTI reported.

15:31 (IST)21 Aug 2020
ED records the statement of Sushant's sister Priyanka

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recorded the statement of Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Priyanka, who was a nominee in his bank account, Ani quoted ED officials in a tweet.

14:55 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI probe team to record statements

According to PTI, the CBI team will record statements of people connected with the case and also scan the financial transactions of Sushant Singh Rajput.

14:34 (IST)21 Aug 2020
HC disposes of PILs related to Sushant case

The Bombay High Court on Friday disposed of a bunch of Public Interest Litigations (PILs) seeking various reliefs, including a CBI probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The bench said that considering that the Supreme Court had already directed the CBI to probe the matter, nothing remained for the HC to decide, PTI reported.

14:13 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Chetan Bhagat on Sushant Sinh Rajput

Author Chetan Bhagat revealed that the Bollywood adaptation of his book Half Girlfriend was initially offered to Sushant but he could not take it up because of date issues. "False media reports deeply affected Sushant and he was worried about losing films over them," Bhagat said during an interview with Times Now. "They were not supporting him. Everybody had their own agenda with him," Bhagat added in the same interview.

13:37 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Our decision was for justice: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reacted to the Supreme Court justifying the state government’s decision to recommend a CBI probe. He said, “The Supreme Court has backed our decision to lodge the case and recommend CBI probe… Now that the apex court has given a go-ahead to CBI probe, we hope the case is investigated fast and the family of Sushant Singh Rajput gets justice.”

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13:15 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Sushant case politicised to ‘malign’ Mumbai Police: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Thursday claimed the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was politicised to “malign” the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra government.

“Several criminal cases in Bihar were investigated by the CBI. How many real culprits did the CBI arrest so far? Sushant’s case was politicised only to malign the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra government,” the Sena said.

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12:52 (IST)21 Aug 2020
'Sushant and Sara were totally in love'

Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend Samuel Haokip wrote an Instagram post on Thursday where he claimed that the late actor and his Kedarnath co-star Sara Ali Khan ‘were totally in love’ until the release of Sonchiriya in 2019. Samuel revealed that Sara broke up with Sushant “due to pressure by the Bollywood mafia.”

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12:35 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Mumbai Police probe to continue

Mumbai Police on Thursday said that in keeping with the Supreme Court order, its inquiry into the SSR case will continue. A government official said: “The SC order says that if during our inquiry, a cognizable offence is disclosed, we should transfer it to the CBI. This will be duly followed. The SC order was primarily about the transfer of the FIR registered by Bihar Police to Mumbai Police. It was not about the inquiry that is being conducted by the Bandra police.”

A senior police officer said the inquiry will continue “although people may not be summoned for recording statement for now”. So far, the Mumbai Police has registered the statements of 56 people, including filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aditya Chopra.

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12:06 (IST)21 Aug 2020
We have full faith that CBI will bring the truth out: Shweta Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kriti on Friday, expressed her trust in the CBI. Shweta took to Twitter to restate her faith in the investigating body, while also inviting fans and well-wishers to join her in a global prayer meet for Sushant on August 22.

Shweta has been at the forefront in demanding justice for her brother, while also representing her family on social media.

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11:51 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI brings some documents to Bandra Police station

Photos of documents being brought by the CBI team to Bandra Police station.

11:28 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Sharad Pawar on CBI probe of SSR case

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said he hoped the CBI investigation in Sushant Singh Rajput case does not end up remaining unresolved like the Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case, which is also being handled by CBI.

"I hope the investigation will not be carried on, as was done with Dr Narendra Dabholkar’s murder case also under investigation by the CBI, which commenced in 2014 and remains unresolved," Sharad Pawar tweeted.

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11:21 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI team reaches Bandra Police Station

The CBI team has reached Bandra Police Station for further investigation of Sushant Singh Rajput's case, ANI tweeted.

11:02 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI questions Sushant's cook

CBI officials on Friday brought Sushant's cook for enquiry at DRDO and IAF guest house, PTI reported

ANI tweeted a video of the vehicle entering the guest house complex, in which the cook was seen sitting.

10:57 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CBI enroute Mumbai's airforce transit facility

The team of CBI, which reached Mumbai from Delhi late on Thursday, is on its way to the airforce transit facility in Santacruz, ANI sources reported.

Based on a complaint filed by Sushant Singh Rajput's father KK Singh, the CBI has registered an FIR against girlfriend and actor Rhea Chakraborty, her family members and business manager Shruti Modi, apart from Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda. Singh had alleged that Rhea and her family had abetted the actor’s suicide by harassing him and diverting his money, among other offences. The Enforcement Directorate has also registered an FIR under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after Sushant’s father claimed that money from his son’s bank account had been transferred to unverified accounts.

“My son was at the peak of his acting career till May 2019. During that period, Rhea and her relatives developed an acquaintance with my son, under a deliberate conspiracy, so that Rhea could establish herself in the film industry and with an eye on Sushant’s wealth… He was later made to rent a house that was haunted, and that had an impact on my son,” KK Singh said in the FIR.

Soon after the Supreme Court order on Wednesday, Sushant's family thanked fans, well-wishers and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for supporting their demand for a CBI investigation into the actor’s death. The family issued a statement, an excerpt of which read, “Now that the country’s premier investigating agency has taken over, we believe that all those involved in the dastardly crime will be brought to justice.” The top court’s verdict was also welcomed by Sushant's former partner-actor Ankita Lokhande and celebrities like Kriti Sanon, Hina Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Bijlani, Tusshar Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh among others.