The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Central Bureau of Investigation would investigate the mysterious death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
The ruling was hailed by actor Sushant’s family and scores of his fans across the country. The family celebrated the ruling, saying that now, “We believe all those involved in this dastardly crime will be brought to justice.”
The Supreme Court’s verdict in the case also signals a victory for the Bihar Police that had, on the strength of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father K K Singh’s complaint, booked actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was Sushant’s girl friend, and five others under various sections including those pertaining to abetment to suicide, illegal confinement and misappropriation of funds.
A bitter fight had erupted between the Mumbai police, which did not file an FIR even after 64 days of Sushant’s death, and the Bihar police over the case, with the former claiming that the latter did not have jurisdiction over the case as the death had occurred in Mumbai.
In the meanwhile, Rhea Chakraborty had filed two petitions in the Supreme Court. In the first plea, Rhea sought transfer of the investigation from Bihar to Mumbai. In the next one, she claimed that the media was unfairly holding a trial and blaming her for Sushant’s death.
When the Supreme Court asked Rhea Chakraborty if she wanted a CBI probe, Rhea, who had earlier demanded a CBI probe on social media, through her advocate Shyam Divan said she wanted the case to be first transferred to Mumbai Police and then to CBI.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh’s lawyer, Vikas Singh pointed out that the jurisdiction of a police officer cannot be challenged and that a Zero FIR can be filed.
After hearing all parties concerned, that is Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant Singh’s father K K Singh, the Maharashtra government, the Bihar Government and the Centre, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Bihar police was well within its rights to file an FIR in the case and that the same would now be transferred to the CBI for investigation.