Honorable Supreme Court of India is going to give away the judgment for CBI investigation in the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in Mumbai on 14th June. The bench of justice Hrishikesh Roy will give the verdict on a petition filed by Rajput’s alleged girlfriend and actor Rhea Chakraborty, who had sought transfer of the FIR lodged by Rajput’s father in Patna to Mumbai where the actor committed suicide.
The Bihar government had referred the Patna FIR to the CBI, leading the Centre to ask the investigating agency to take up the case. However, Maharashtra government had opposed the Centre’s decision to hand over the case to CBI and said the Patna FIR should be transferred to Mumbai police in whose jurisdiction the incident happened. Mumbai police are yet to register an FIR and have continued their inquiry under an accidental death report.
Before concluding the hearing on August 14, Justice Roy had recorded that Chakraborty did not oppose the CBI investigation. He said that heavy media coverage has proven to be victimizing but your prior agreement for CBI investigation, in this case, is undeniable, he had said.
That day saw counsel for Bihar government and Rajput’s father KK Singh on one side, trading charges with their counterparts representing Maharashtra and Chakraborty on the other. Entering the fray, solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the SC that it was a fit case for the CBI probe as Mumbai police had not registered an FIR and had declared that it was a case of suicide.
Rhea Chakraborty’s involvement in this particular case is suspicious despite her coming forward to apply for FIR transfer from Patna to Mumbai in the Supreme Court, rather than being interested in fair investigations without any concern about the investigative agency”, Mehta added.
There can be two possible outcomes of the verdict. One, the court may allow the CBI probe, in which case Mumbai police will have to abort its investigation. In this scenario, the CBI will take the FIR lodged by Rajput’s father in Patna too into account while taking over the case material collected so far by the Mumbai police. The SC, if it orders a CBI probe, will also decide which court — the one in Patna or Mumbai — will have jurisdiction over the FIR and consequent investigation.
Conversely, CBI might find it difficult to engage with the investigation in case the apex court allows Chakraborty’s plea for transfer of the Patna FIR to Mumbai police because the suicide took place in Mumbai and most of the witnesses and people related to Rajput are linked to Bollywood and are located in the metropolis.