The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit a status report in the death case of late actor Sushant Rajput Singh.
Dismissing the plea, the bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian asked the petitioner to approach the High Court where the investigation is already going on.
The petition was filed jointly by a Mumbai resident Puneet Kaur Dhanda and her husband, Supreme Court advocate Vineet Dhanda. The petitioner submitted that the court has passed an order for CBI inquiry on August 19, 2020. Despite the lapse of almost four months, the CBI is yet to conclude its investigation and all the family members, fans, well-wishers of the late actor are yet to get solace regarding the exact reason of his death.
The petition further stated that the CBI is not acting responsibly. The agency has failed miserably in the present case, even in serious offences like murder, the law stipulates filing of charge-sheet in 90 days. The unnecessary delay is bringing a bad name to the administration of justice not only in the country but across the globe, the petition said.
The petition sought a direction to the central agency to complete its probe within two months and submit a final report in the concerned court. The plea said that the dissatisfaction being shown by the family of the late actor had led the court to have directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the mysterious death of the late actor.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead on June 14, 2020 at his residence in Mumbai. The Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and Narcotics Control Bureau are various aspects of the case.