Opposing a CBI probe in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying, the Mumbai Police advised the Supreme Court docket on Saturday that it was finishing up an neutral investigation and alleged that that the registration of a case by the Bihar Police was “politically motivated” and violated the precept of federalism.
The 34-year-old Bollywood actor was discovered lifeless in his condo in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14. The Mumbai Police mentioned he had died by suicide and started investigating whether or not he was pushed by scientific melancholy and ugly rivalries within the movie business.
Final month, Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh filed a case in Patna that accused his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, additionally an actor, and her relations of dishonest him financially, mentally harassing him and driving him to suicide. Amid rising clamour in political circles and consent from the household, the probe was transferred to the CBI.
In an affidavit filed earlier than the highest court docket in response to a petition by Ms Chakraborty that requested for the Bihar case to be transferred to Mumbai, the town police mentioned the CBI ought to have waited for the Supreme Court docket resolution within the matter earlier than taking on the probe.
The affidavit mentioned that Bihar Police didn’t have the jurisdiction to analyze the FIR or look at witnesses and mentioned the query of cooperation by the Mumbai Police into the parallel inquiry by the Bihar Police didn’t come up.
It alleged that that the registration of FIR in Patna by Bihar Police was “politically motivated and violated the rules of federalism enshrined within the structure”.
The Mumbai Police mentioned that the Bihar Police may solely have registered a “Zero FIR” because the crime didn’t fall in its jurisdiction and despatched it to Mumbai. It didn’t have the authorized authority to switch the case to the CBI both.
The “indecent haste with which the CBI has proceeded on this regard speaks for itself, relating to the bonafides of all concerned on this train,” the Mumbai Police mentioned.
The police additionally denied that quarantining of senior Bihar Police officer Vinay Tiwary was geared toward obstructing its investigation.
The police mentioned that an investigation by two totally different state police into the identical incident, which has occurred inside one state, will result in a chaotic state of affairs because the investigation of 1 state police might intervene with the investigation of one other state police.
On Thursday, in its submission to the highest court docket, the Bihar authorities had accused the Mumbai police of serving to Rhea Chakraborty and obstructing its investigations. Rhea Chakraborty has given no proof that the Patna police is “biased towards her” past “normal and bald allegations”, mentioned Bihar, arguing towards the actor’s petition to switch the case filed by Sushant Singh Rajput’s household in Patna to Maharashtra.
When the listening to resumes subsequent week, the Maharashtra authorities shall be represented by senior advocate and Congress chief Abhishek Manu Singhvi.