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Sushant Singh Rajput death case: No question of not cooperating with Bihar Police, says Mumbai top cop

Vinay Tiwari is heading a Bihar Police team which is in Mumbai to investigate an ''abetment to suicide'' case on the basis of a complaint filed by the late actor's father in Patna.

By: Express News Service | Patna |
Updated: August 3, 2020 8:19:27 pm
Sushant Singh Rajput news Rajput, 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his Bandra residence on June 24 last.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Monday said there is no question of non-cooperation with the Bihar Police team which is in the city in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Talking to the media, Singh said investigations by the Mumbai Police were going in the right direction, and added that the case was being probed from all possible angles, including professional rivalry, money to health issues. He added there are reports that the actor had bipolar disorder, and was undergoing treatment and taking medicines for it. “What circumstances led to his death is the subject of our investigation,” he said.

Singh also said that after registering an Accidental Death Report (ADR) in the case, statements of 56 persons have been recorded by the Mumbai Police. The statements of Sushant’s sisters have also been recorded, he said.

He refuted claims that there was any party at Sushant’s flat a night before his death. “There was no party at his residence in the days before he died of suicide. We checked the CCTV footage for the two nights prior to his death.”

Asked about the alleged transfer of money from Sushant’s account to that of Rhea Chakroborty, Singh said no such transactions were found. “We are still checking records.”

‘Forcible quarantine’ of IPS officer ‘inappropriate’: Nitish Kumar

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday termed as “inappropriate” the “forcible quarantine” of the IPS officer was sent to Mumbai to lead the probe into the death of the actor.

Kumar’s remarks come after Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey alleged that IPS officer Vinay Tiwari has been “forcibly quarantined” by civic authorities in the metropolis. He said Tiwari was also “denied” accommodation at the IPS mess and the four-member Patna police team members, who have been in Mumbai for the last six days, were not quarantined.

Tiwari is heading a Bihar Police team which is in Mumbai to investigate an ”abetment to suicide” case on the basis of a complaint filed by the late actor’s father in Patna. The team from Patna has not been yet handed over basic investigation documents such as postmortem and FSL reports, citing legal constraints.

IPS officer Vinay Tiwari after arriving in Mumbai. (PTI)

“IPS officer Vinay Tiwari reached Mumbai today from Patna on official duty to lead the police team there but he has been forcibly quarantined by BMC officials at 11 PM today,” DGP Pandey tweeted. “He was not provided accommodation in the IPS mess, despite request, and was staying in a Guest House in Goregaon,” he said.

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BMC defends decision to quarantine Bihar IPS officer

The BMC, meanwhile, defended its decision saying that it is as per the Maharashtra government’s directives. The officer will have to make a formal request to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities for relaxing the necessary quarantine period, it said.

Rhea not missing, hasn’t got summons from Bihar cops: Lawyer

Actor Rhea Chakraborty’s advocate on Monday refuted Bihar Polices claim that she was “missing”, and said till date she has not received any summons from them in connection with the case of actor-friend Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

Last week, Rajput’s father lodged an FIR here of abetment to suicide naming actress Rhea Chakraborty, said to be close to the deceased Patna-born actor, and her family members as accused. While Rhea has asked for the transfer of the case against her in Patna, the Bihar government had also filed caveat in the apex court requesting to hear its plea as well.

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