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Sushant Singh Rajput death: CBI registers case against Rhea and others

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against actor Rhea Chakraborty and others for allegedly being involved in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. This was pursuant to a request made by the government of Bihar.

“CBI has today registered a case related to the death of Sh. Sushant Singh Rajput on the request of Bihar Govt and further notification from Govt of India and taken over the investigation of the case, earlier registered at police station Rajiv Nagar, Patna vide FIR no.241/2020 dated 25-7-2020. The case was registered against 6 accused and others,” the CBI said in a statement.

The case will be probed by an investigating team headed by Anil Kumar Yadav, SP CBI.

The other five against whom the CBI has registered an FIR are Indrajit Chakraborty, Sandhya Chakraborty, Showik Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda and Shruti Modi.

The Central government earlier informed the Supreme Court that it had accepted the Bihar government’s proposal for a CBI probe into the actor’s death.

An FIR had been filed against Chakraborty, her family members and others by Rajput’s father on July 25 after which the police registered an FIR under various sections of IPC for offences relating to abetment to suicide (Section 306), cheating (Section 420), criminal breach of trust (Section 406), criminal conspiracy (section 120-B) and wrongful restraint (section 341).

It has also been alleged that an amount of Rs 15 crore was transferred from Rajput’s account to unidentified accounts which is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

Rajput’s death caused a lot of furore among the general public and various petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking CBI probe into the late actor’s mysterious death.

There have been similar cases in the past where cases of alleged suicide under mysterious conditions were handed over to the CBI pursuant to public protest.

On November 6, 2019 the High Court of Manipur directed the Central Bureau of Investigation Special Crime Branch Kolkata to register a case for investigation of mysterious death case of N Babysana.

Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu was a 14-year-old and a student of class VII at Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School in Imphal’s Canchipur. She was found hanging in her hostel room on the intervening night of July 17 and 18, 2019. The family of the deceased alleged foul play.

Serious protests were organized, demanding probe by an independent body like the CBI. The protestors wanted a probe into the mysterious death. Joining the protests were along with student’s bodies and civil society organizations of the state.

In another case of 1992 a Catholic sister, was found dead in a well in St Pius X Convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992. The local police which investigated the case initially closed it with a theory of suicide. The Crime Branch, which took up the investigation later, tried to strengthen the suicide theory, with claims of psychological illness of the deceased. On a writ petition, the High Court of Kerala transferred the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The first team of CBI failed to find the reason of death. Upon the instruction of the court a second team was set up, which concluded that it was indeed a murder, but there were not enough evidence leading to the murderer(s). Court installed a third team of CBI, and they finally found two priests and a sister responsible for the murder and arrested them on 19 November 2008. On 17 July 2009, charges of murder, and destruction of evidence were filed against the three.

– India Legal Bureau

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