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Dawning the first step towards truth

This article is written by Janvi Kashyap, a Second year B.A. LLB (Hons.) Student of Ideal Institute of Management and Technology (Affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University), Delhi.

Sushant Singh Rajput was an Indian actor who delivered some of the best and most successful movies in Bollywood. On 14 June 2020, Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead hanging from the ceiling fan at his home in Bandra, Mumbai, with the cause ruled as suicide. The official autopsy reports concluded that he died of asphyxia due to hanging. The Mumbai Police launched an investigation into the death, which was surrounded by rumours and speculation.

The Apex Court of the nation ordered on 19 August 2020, that the CBI will take over the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. In this situation Maharashtra and Bihar are brawling with each other, but its win for Bihar. The Supreme Court also said the FIR registered in Patna based on a complaint filed by Sushant Singh’s father was correct and Bihar was competent to ask the CBI to investigate the case. A “fair, competent and impartial probe” is very much required to stop the light of surmising, this statement is delivered by the apex court.

The Central Bureau of Investigation takes the charge to inquire in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, the apex court ordered Mumbai police to duly hand all the evidence to the agency. In a win for Bihar in its tussle with Maharashtra, the Supreme Court also said the FIR registered in Patna based on a complaint filed by Sushant Singh’s father was correct and Bihar was competent to ask the CBI to investigate the case.

A “fair, competent and impartial probe” is the need of the hour to stop speculation, said the top court. The Supreme Court ordered the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to probe actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The verdict was pronounced by Justice Hrishikesh Roy under Section 406[1] of Code of Criminal Procedure.


[1] Section 406 of CRPC deals with the Power of Supreme Court to transfer cases and appeals.

The Mumbai Police will assist CBI with their investigation, the apex court ruled, adding that all investigative material will be handed over to the investigative agency by officials concerned. Apart from Sushant Singh Rajput’s family and friends, the Supreme Court’s verdict has been hailed as “historic” by his family lawyer Vikas Singh. Here’s a synopsis of the Supreme Court’s verdict on Sushant Singh Rajput death case, and what it means for the parties involved.

THE VERDICT OF SUPREME COURT

The FIR registered in Patna based on a complaint filed by Sushant Singh Rajput’s father was correct, and that the Bihar government was competent to ask the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

A fair, competent and impartial probe is the need of the hour to stop speculation, the Supreme Court also said. The Patna FIR accuses actress Rhea Chakraborty and her family of cheating Sushant Singh Rajput financially and mentally harassing him, driving him to suicide.

The Central Bureau of Invstigation will take over all investigations into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The Supreme Court ordered Mumbai Police to hand over all the evidence to CBI for further investigation; it’s a win situation to the Bihar Police. If any other case was registered in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, it would also be probed by the CBI, the Supreme Court said.

The Mumbai Police had said Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide. On August 2, Mumbai Police chief Parambir Singh also said Sushant Singh Rajput was undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder. The Mumbai Police had been investigating whether Sushant Singh Rajput had been slighted by film industry insiders and cliques. Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.

On July 25, Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, KK Singh, filed an abetment to suicide case against Rhea Chakraborty and her family in Patna. This had also led to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) starting a money-laundering probe against Rhea Chakraborty and her family.

COLLUSION OF RHEA CHAKRABORTY

Rhea Chakraborty had asked the Supreme Court to transfer the Patna FIR to Mumbai. The Supreme Court has rejected her petition. Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer responded to the Supreme Court order and said she will face the CBI investigation, and that the truth will remain the same. Rhea Chakraborty has denied Sushant Singh Rajput’s father’s allegations.

In her petition, Rhea Chakraborty had said that the Bihar Police had no jurisdiction in the case, and that Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was being used for political gains ahead of the elections in the state. Rhea Chakraborty had herself sought a CBI probe into the case.

On 3 September, 2020 that is Today, CBI investigated that Sushant Singh Rajput was battling bipolar disorder, and struggling with ADHD which is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, for the last 13 years. The medical practitioner informs the Mumbai Police after the actor’s death about the bipolar disorder and ADHD.

According to the doctor, Sushant’s mental health significantly aggravated in the year 2013 as was evident in Sushant’s sisters’ statements to the Mumbai cops. On the other hand, Sushant’s manager Shruti Modi reportedly informed the Central Bureau of Investigation that the late actor would often consume marijuana along with Rhea Chakraborty, who would smoke joints with SSR’s house manager Samuel Miranda and her brother Showik Chakraborty regularly on Sushant’s terrace, a CBI source indicated to CNN-News18.

For the uninitiated, the Narcotics Control Bureau has been investigating a possible drug angle in the SSR death case after the Enforcement Directorate officials traced Rhea Chakraborty’s WhatsApp chats which clearly testify, her usage and dealing with drugs which are banned

Meanwhile, Rhea Chakraborty’s father Indrajit Chakraborty who had reached the DRDO guest house, Kalina, Santacruz, on 3 Sept, 2020 at around 10:20 am has left the premises after five hours of straight questioning. This was the third continuous day of questioning of Indrajit Chakraborty, brother of Rhea Chakraborty.

He was grilled for about Ten hours in the investigation by the central agency on 2 Sept, 2020. For abetting for Suicide, Rhea Chakraborty and her family members are accused due to which Sushant Singh Rajput found dead in his flat in suburban Bandra on June 14. As per my opinion, the order of Supreme Court to Investigation this perplexing case with CBI is the unerring decision. It is the first step towards truth. And rightly said,

“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them”. 

This article is edited by Rupreet Kaur Dhariwal.

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