Sushant Singh Rajput death case: Rhea Chakraborty arrives at ED office

Brenda Watkins
August 8, 2020

Actress Rhea Chakraborty, accused of abetting Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide, appeared in the office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday. According to CBI sources, Gambhir had previous year also probed the role of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in the alleged illegal sand mining case.

The CBI in its FIR has named Rhea, her father Indrajit Chakraborty, mother Sandhya Chakraborty, brother Showik Chkaraborty, Sushant's house manager Samuel Miranda, Shruti Modi and unknown others.

The case will be probed by a special investigation team under Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad and will be supervised by DIG Gagandeep Gambhir and Joint Director Manoj Shashidhar, both senior IPS officers from the Gujarat cadre, they said.

She arrived at the ED office shortly after the agency turned down her request to defer her questioning in the matter.

Rhea, via her lawyer Satish Maneshinde, had requested for the postponement of the ED summon until the Supreme Court hearing, which was denied.

Meanwhile, Rhea Charkaborty and her brother Showik are being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case related to Sushant's death.

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In an affidavit, the court argued that Chakraborty's petition to transfer the case filed by Rajput's family is "premature, misconceived and non-maintainable". Till now, the police in Mumbai have recorded statements of 56 people, including Rajput's sisters, Chakraborty and some other film personalities.

"We had no direct information about murder so that is why we couldn't allege it in our FIR but we have definitely alleged abetment to suicide because even if we assume it was suicide as said by Mumbai Police then this is definitely abetment to suicide", he said.

Sushant was found dead in his flat in Mumbai's Bandra on June 14.

Mumbai Police also said the question of whether their Bihar colleagues had jurisdiction in this case - when the alleged crime happened in Maharashtra - was unclear.

Shedding light on non-cooperation by Mumbai police, the Bihar police in its affidavit stated, "The non-cooperation by the Mumbai Police with the Patna Police is clear from the fact that the former has not supplied any documents such as inquest, post-mortem and FSL (forensic science laboratory) reports, CCTV (closed-circuit TV) footage etc; to the latter, despite several requests".

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today allowed Bihar IPS officer to return to his home state.

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