The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday registered a case against actor Rhea Chakraborty and others in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on the recommendation of the Bihar government.
“CBI has today registered a case related to the death of Sh. Sushant Singh Rajput on the request of Bihar Govt and further notification from Govt of India and taken over the investigation of the case, earlier registered at police station Rajiv Nagar, Patna vide FIR no.241/2020 dated 25-7-2020. The case was registered against 6 accused and others,” the CBI said in a statement.
The 34-year-old actor was found dead at his Bandra residence on June 14.
The Enforcement Directorate has already registered a money laundering case against Chakraborty and a few of her relatives based on a July 25-FIR registered by the Bihar Police on the complaint of Rajput’s father K K Singh. Chakraborty will now have to appear before the agency on August 7.
On Thursday, the ED questioned an employee of Rajput, Samuel Miranda, for the second consecutive day.
Bihar Police had registered an FIR against Chakraborty, her family members and others on charges of abetment to suicide, cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement.
In the FIR, it is alleged that Rs 15 crore was transferred from Rajput’s account in a year “to bank accounts of persons not known or connected to the late actor”. Chakraborty was also accused of giving Rajput an overdose of medicine at her home and “falsely telling him that the actor was suffering from dengue”.
The ED is likely to probe whether Rajput’s wealth has been illegally siphoned off in a manner that will attract money laundering charges.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sought a report from Maharashtra on the status of the probe into Rajput’s death, saying “whether there is any criminality in the situation is the matter to be investigated”. The Court was hearing a petition filed by Chakraborty seeking transfer of an FIR filed against her by the Bihar Police to Mumbai. The court will hear the matter again next week.
Earlier in the day, Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey warned of legal action if IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who was sent to Mumbai to monitor the investigation into the case, was not released from 14-day home quarantine by the end of the day, PTI reported.
Tiwari was quarantined by the BMC with his hand-stamped, indicating isolation period till August 15, after he reached Mumbai on August 2.
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