File reply in 3 days: Supreme Court to Maharashtra government on Rhea Chakraborty’s petition

File reply in 3 days: Supreme Court to Maharashtra government on Rhea Chakraborty’s petition – news

Updated: Aug 05, 2020, 13:09 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

The Supreme Court said that further hearing on actor Rhea Chakraborty’s petition in Sushant Singh Rajput death case will be held after a week

Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput

On actor Rhea Chakraborty’s petition seeking direction for transfer of investigation from Patna to Mumbai in Sushanth Singh Rajput’s death case, the Supreme Court directed all parties to file their respective replies within three days.

The apex court said that further hearing in the matter will be held after a week.

The Centre, on Wednesday, had informed the Supreme Court that Bihar government’s recommendation for CBI probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been accepted.
According to reports, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated before the apex court that Centre has accepted the Bihar government’s request recommending CBI enquiry into the death case.

The apex court also said that quarantining of police officer, who arrived in Mumbai from Bihar to lead the investigation, does not send a good message when there is so much attention on the case. “Quarantining of the Bihar Police officer has not sent good message despite the fact that Mumbai Police has good professional reputation,” the top court said while hearing actor Rhea Chakraborty’s petition.

The Supreme Court asked the Mumbai police to submit status report on probe within three days.

Actor Rhea Chakraborty had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking the transfer of an FIR – from Patna to Mumbai – accusing her of abetting in fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide in June.

The FIR, filed by Bihar police on a complaint by Rajput’s father, alleges that Chakraborty illegally transferred Rs 15 crore from Rajput’s Mumbai bank account and mentally harassed him.
Chakraborty, who was reportedly Rajput’s girlfriend at the time of his death, has challenged Bihar police’s jurisdiction in the matter, given that the alleged crime took place in Maharashtra.

In her plea, Chakraborty said that it was becoming “increasingly evident that the FIR was successfully filed in Patna only due to intervention of the Chief Minister of Bihar and other local politicians”. The plea also said the actress has a “strong prima facie case in her favour as it is submitted the cause of action has not even remotely occurred within Patna”.

The governments of both Bihar and Maharashtra have been made parties in the plea, as has Rajput’s father, Krishna Kishore Singh. The state governments have already filed a caveat seeking to be heard by the top court before any order is passed.

The hearing, before a bench led by Justice Hrishikesh Roy, will be keenly followed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has recommended that the CBI take over the case. A Bihar police team has been camped in Mumbai since Wednesday last week.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had both earlier ruled out a CBI investigation.

Mumbai police, which has said it will investigate all avenues, has also said that Mr Rajput suffered from bipolar disorder. Meanwhile, Bihar Police are insistent that they will follow the money trail, as well as the alleged suicide of the actor’s former manager, Disha Salian, who died six days before him.
Last week, the Enforcement Directorate had registered a money laundering case over the FIR filed by Bihar police.

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