Bi­har govt wants CBI probe in Sushant case

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PATNA/MUM­BAI: The Bi­har gov­ern­ment on Tues­day rec­om­mended a probe by the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) into the death of ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput, chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar said.

“The state gov­ern­ment has sent its rec­om­men­da­tion for a CBI in­quiry into the case filed by Mr KK Singh, the fa­ther of late Sushant Singh Ra­jput,” Ku­mar tweeted in Hindi.

On July 25, KK Singh, Ra­jput’s fa­ther, lodged a po­lice com­plaint against Rhea Chakrabort­y, the ac­tor’s girl­friend, of abet­ting his sui­cide, keep­ing him in wrong­ful con­fine­ment and de­fraud­ing him of crores of ru­pees.

But Chakrabort­y’s lawyer said Bi­har can­not rec­om­mend a CBI probe since the po­lice from that state do not have any ju­ris­dic­tion to even in­ves­ti­gate the case.

“There can­not be trans­fer of a case which had no le­gal ba­sis to be­gin with for the Bi­har po­lice to get in­volved,” lawyer Satish Maneshinde said in a state­ment.

Ra­jput, 34, was found hang­ing at his apart­ment in sub­ur­ban Ban­dra on June 14.

AA­DITYA SPEAKS OUT

Ma­ha­rash­tra min­is­ter and Shiv Sena leader Aa­ditya Thack­eray lashed out at “dirty pol­i­tics” over Ra­jput’s death af­ter his name came up in the­o­ries float­ing online and in­di­rect ref­er­ences to him in spec­u­la­tive news re­ports. The 30-year-old, in a strongly worded state­ment in Marathi, termed the cam­paign against him “mud­sling­ing” stem­ming from of “frus­tra­tion” of the op­po­si­tion party, a ref­er­ence to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

PATNA/MUM­BAI: The Bi­har gov­ern­ment on Tues­day rec­om­mended a probe by the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) into the death of ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput, chief min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar said.

“The state gov­ern­ment has sent its rec­om­men­da­tion for a CBI in­quiry into the case filed by Mr KK Singh, the fa­ther of late Sushant Singh Ra­jput,” Ku­mar tweeted in Hindi. Ear­lier in the day, Ku­mar said the gov­ern­ment de­cided to rec­om­mend a CBI probe af­ter the ac­tor’s fa­ther gave his “con­sent” for it while talk­ing to the state’s po­lice chief.

On July 25, KK Singh, Ra­jput’s fa­ther, lodged a po­lice com­plaint against Rhea Chakrabort­y, the ac­tor’s girl­friend, of abet­ting his sui­cide, keep­ing him in wrong­ful con­fine­ment and de­fraud­ing him of crores of ru­pees. But Chakrabort­y’s lawyer said the Bi­har gov­ern­ment can­not rec­om­mend a CBI probe since po­lice from that state do not have the ju­ris­dic­tion. “There can­not be trans­fer of a case which had no le­gal ba­sis to be­gin with for the Bi­har po­lice to get in­volved,” lawyer Satish Maneshinde said.

Ra­jput, 34, was found hang­ing at his apart­ment in sub­ur­ban Ban­dra on June 14. Mum­bai Po­lice have reg­is­tered an Ac­ci­den­tal Death Re­port and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way in the case. At the same time, a Bi­har Po­lice team is in Mum­bai to probe the case, act­ing on the com­plaint by Ra­jput’s fa­ther. Ma­ha­rash­tra’s rul­ing coali­tion part­ners — the NCP and the Congress — too crit­i­cised Bi­har’s move for a CBI probe, say­ing it en­croaches upon the rights of their state.

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