CBI receives Centre’s nod to probe Sushant Singh’s death
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday received the Department of Personnel and Training’s (DoPT) notification to initiate a probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, officials said. “The agency has received the notification from the Government,” a CBI spokesperson said.
Earlier in the day, the DoPT issued a notification paving the way for the CBI to register a case.
In another related development, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it had accepted the Bihar Government’s recommendation for a CBI probe into the case. On Tuesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had sought the CBI probe into the death of the actor on June 14 at his Bandra apartment in Mumbai, on the request of Sushant Singh’s father K K Singh.
On Singh’s complaint, the Bihar Police registered a case against Sushant Singh’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty on July 25.
Sushant’s father had lodged an FIR against Rhea in Patna, accusing her of cheating and threatening his son. Sushant’s family has also accused her of keeping him away from his family.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has initiated a money laundering probe on the basis of the Patna Police’s FIR.
A verbal duel erupted between the governments of Maharashtra and Bihar over the investigation by the Bihar Police in the case.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court that the Union of India has in principle accepted the recommendation by Bihar Government to order a CBI inquiry into the case.
Mehta, appearing for the Centre, submitted before Justice Hrishikesh Roy that the notification for the Central Bureau of Investigation will be issued.
The top court, in its order, gave three days to all parties to put on record their respective stand. It also noted that the Mumbai Police must submit its records of investigations done so far. Hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week. “We want to know what Mumbai Police have done so far,” said Justice Roy.
The counsel for Maharashtra Government opposed the CBI probe and argued that it is the Mumbai Police that is authorised to investigate under the CrPC. Maharashtra Government counsel also said that Bihar Police’s actions are “politically motivated” and insisted that under the CrPC, it is only the Mumbai Police that has “duty, power and function to register the case”.