A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court, that states that the Central Bureau of Investigation has acted “irresponsibly” in the investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The plea seeks directions for the probe to be concluded within two months.
Puneet Kaur Dhanda filed the plea through Advocate Vineet Dhanda. It submitted that ever since the Apex Court handed over the investigation regarding this matter to the CBI on 19th August, barely any development has been seen. Allegations such as the CBI’s refusal to act in a responsible manner in the present case and the delay in the conclusion of the investigation of the case, were included in the petition.
The petition also points out that the law stipulates filing of charges sheets within 90 days even in serious offences like murder. In this case, the investigating agency has shown inadequacy in their role and the case’s unnecessary delay is defaming the administration of justice. The petitioner requested the Supreme Court to intervene and issue directions instructing the CBI to submit a status report on the investigation progress and to conclude its probe within two months. In August 2020, Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that the CBI’s investigation into Rhea Chakraborty regarding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is lawful. This order was passed following the Centre requesting the Supreme Court’s approval for the CBI and Enforcement Directorate investigating the case. Mumbai Police was directed to turn over all the evidence to the CBI.
Rhea Chakraborty was entangled in a controversy following the lodging of an FIR against her by the father of her deceased partner, Sushant Singh Rajput. This FIR was registered with the Patna Police when the Mumbai Police was conducting an investigation into the actor’s death. On July 30, Chakraborty approached the Apex Court requesting the transfer of her case. She submitted, that the FIR in Patna alleging abetment to suicide charges was an act of “connivance” between the State of Bihar and the deceased’s father.
Earlier, Mumbai Police informed the Supreme Court that no reason for suspicion on the cause of his death was indicated in all the initial recorded statements of his family.