India / Bihar govt recommends CBI investigation in Sushant Singh Rajput's death case

Hindustan Times : Aug 04, 2020, 01:03 PM
Patna: The Bihar government on Tuesday recommended probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar said the decision was take after Rajput’s father met the state police chief. “The DGP spoke to Sushant Singh Rajput’s father this morning and he gave consent for CBI inquiry. So now, we are recommending CBI probe in the matter,” said Kumar.

Rajput’s father KK Singh had also met Kumar seeking CBI investigation in the case. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed before the Bombay high court in this regard. The hearing was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but has been postponed due to heavy rain in Mumbai.

Earlier, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan had also requested Kumar to transfer the case to CBI without further delay. Paswan said that LJP leaders, related to the late actor, had informed him that on August 5 that the Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking transfer of the case from Bihar to Mumbai.

The actor’s father had said on Monday that he had filed a complaint with Mumbai police in February claiming his son’s life was in danger. The revelation came as Singh filed an FIR with Patna police, alleging Mumbai police of inaction even after 40 days of the actor’s sudden death.

In a self-made video, Singh alleged that the accused in the actor’s death case is on the loose and Patna Police should be provided with help.

An FIR was registered by Bihar Police on Singh’s complaint against actor Rhea Chakraborty under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including abetment of suicide. Bihar Police started the investigation and dispatched a team to Mumbai.

Separately, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Rajput’s chartered accountant in connection with a money laundering probe that stemmed from the complaint lodged by the actor’s father with the Bihar Police.

The Bihar Police, meanwhile, recorded the statement of Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend and creative content manager Siddharth Pithani. He was summoned by the police on Monday evening.

Pithani was staying with the actor for the past one year, police said. They have already recorded statements of Rajput’s sister, former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande, director Rumi Jaffrey, his cook, friends and doctor.

This comes hours after Rajput’s father KK Singh met chief minister Nitish Kumar seeking CBI investigation in the case. The Bombay high court will hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this regard. The hearing was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but has been postponed due to heavy rain in Mumbai.