New Delhi, August 19, 2020: “CBI for SSR,” what started as a slogan following an interview of actor Kangana Ranaut with Arnab Goswami on Republic TV about a couple of months ago became reality today after the Supreme Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case and asked the Maharashtra Police and the state to assist with the probe.
The Mumbai Police has been directed to hand over all evidence collected in the case to CBI.
Delivering the verdict, Justice Hrishikesh Roy said, “When truth meets sunshine, justice will not prevail on the living alone but after Life’s fitful fever, now the departed will also sleep well. Satyameva Jayate.”
The court was hearing a plea filed by actor Rhea Chakraborty to transfer to Mumbai the FIR filed in Patna in connection with the case.
Rhea had moved the apex court after Patna police lodged an FIR on Sushant’s father’s complaint, accusing her and five others of abetment to suicide, cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement
The Supreme Court upheld the FIR registered in Patna by Sushant’s father K K Singh.
“FIR registered at Patna was correct and reference to CBI is lawful. The Bihar government is competent enough to transfer case to CBI for investigation,” Justice Roy said.
The Court said, “The state of Maharashtra refused the option to challenge the order and that the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Police conducting probe under Section 174 CrPC (enquire on suicide) is limited for a definite purpose but is not an investigation of a crime under Section 157 of the CrPC.”
“If any other case is registered regarding Sushant’s death, the same shall be probed by CBI only,” the court added.
However, on the Mumbai Police, the Court said, “does not prima facie suggest any wrongdoing by the Mumbai Police. However, their obstruction to the Bihar police team at Mumbai could have been avoided since it gave rise to suspicion on the bonafide of their inquiry”.
The court said, “Mumbai police too has jurisdiction in the case. But given the allegations and counter-charges, it seems fit to invoke its powers under Article 142 and ok CBI probe “to ensure public confidence in the investigation and to do complete justice in the matter”.
According to Singh’s lawyer, Vikas Singh, “This is a victory for Sushant Singh Rajput’s family. Supreme Court ruled on all points in our favour. The Court also clearly said that the FIR registered at Patna was correct,” an agency quoted Vikas Singh as saying.
He further said, “SC also said that any other FIR registered in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput’s death will also be investigated by the CBI. We hope that we should get justice very soon. The family is very happy with the verdict.”
In her affidavit, Rhea had claimed that Bihar Police had no jurisdiction in the case, while Sushant’s father had contended that Bihar Police “clearly had jurisdiction” to register the FIR because the part of the cause of action happened at Patna, as during the lifetime of the actor, “the father’s attempt to talk to him on telephone from Patna was thwarted by the accused persons by not letting him talk to him, which could have saved his son’s life.”.
Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey said, “The Supreme Court’s order has strengthened the trust people have in the Court and has assured the nation that justice will be delivered…Today’s verdict has proved that Bihar Police was correct. The way Mumbai Police behaved was illegal,” Pandey told a news channel.
It may be recalled that Sushant SinghRajput, aged 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.
There is a lot of specualtion on whether it was a suicide or a murder and the truth will now, hopefully, come out with the CBI investigation.
Rumors also abound on the alleged nvolvemnt of some well known Bollywood names as well as political leaders from the ruling Maharashtra government.

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