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Sushant Singh Rajput case: Centre tells SC no legal sanctity of witnesses’ statements collected by Maha police

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against actor Rhea Chakraborty and others in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: August 14, 2020 9:45:26 am
sushant singh rajput cbi latest updatesSushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14. (Photo: Sushant Singh Rajput/Facebook)

With CBI taking over Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case last week, the investigation now revolves around the late actor’s former partner Rhea Chakraborty and her family. The CBI has registered a case against Rhea and others.

The case came after Sushant’s father KK Singh lodged an FIR in Patna last month against the actor and her family members alleging abetment of suicide.

The FIR filed by Patna police invokes IPC Sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 406 (criminal breach of trust) 506 (criminal intimidation),120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating).

Simultaneously, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Rhea Chakraborty in connection with the money laundering case based on the FIR. So far, Rhea, her brother Showik Chakraborty, Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani, his former business manager Shruti Modi and sister Mitu Singh have been called for questioning by the ED.

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The Bihar government, in its written submission in the Supreme Court filed through its lawyer Keshav Mohan, said: "It is apparent that it is on account of political pressure in the State of Maharashtra that neither the FIR has been registered by the Mumbai Police nor did they extend any cooperation to Bihar Police in discharging their obligation to conduct investigation expeditiously."

The submission, settled by senior advocate Mainder Singh, said that nothing further is called for in the present Transfer Petition of Rhea and it deserved to be rejected or disposed of. "In the facts and circumstances of the present case, it is humbly submitted that no impediment would deserve to be allowed to come in the way of CBI to undertake and complete the investigation expeditiously," the Bihar government said.

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In his complaint filed on Friday, Sooraj has reproduced a June 30 Facebook post of Puneet, in which he has linked the actor to the two suicides that took place in June. In the post, Puneet has mentioned defamatory things about Sooraj, Disha and a few other Bollywood actors.

On July 2, Puneet edited the post and added “forwarded” before it, indicating that it was sent by someone else, said police. The post can still be seen on his account and has been shared multiple times. In his complaint, Sooraj has said in the first week of July, his friends informed him about the post. “Mischievous stories are planted in social media by Mr Puneet Vashisht and larger organised crime syndicate,” it read.

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