The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday the plea of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty for transfer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death probe from Patna to Mumbai. Rhea moved the top court after the deceased’s father Krishna Kishore Singh filed an FIR with the Bihar Police against the ‘girlfriend’ of his late son and five others.
Bihar Police have booked Rhea and five others under IPC Section 306 (Abetment of suicide), Sec 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), Sec 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement), Sec 380 (Theft in dwelling house), Sec 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust), and Sec 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property).
Rajput was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.
While seeking transfer of FIR lodged in Patna on the ground of jurisdiction, Rhea in her plea has contended that “it is becoming increasingly evident through the widespread media reports that the captioned FIR (at Patna) was successfully filed in Patna only due to intervention of the Chief Minister of Bihar and other local politicians.
This act is indicative of the Respondent No.2’s (Rajput’s father) attempt of engaging in forum shopping which is contrary to law.”
Rhea’s advocate Satish Maneshinde has vehemently opposed the demand for CBI probe into Rajput’s death case. Speaking to media persons, he said, “There cannot be a transfer of the case as there is no legal basis for Bihar to get involved. At most, Bihar Police can register a Zero FIR and transfer it to the Mumbai Police. The transfer of a case on which they had no jurisdiction to the CBI has no legal sanctity.”
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister on Tuesday announced that it is recommending a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry in Rajput death case.
The state governments of Bihar and Maharashtra have also filed separate caveats in the apex court top court seeking to be heard before any order is passed on Chakraborty’s plea. Sushant Singh’s father had also filed a caveat in the SC.