Maha HM Anil Deshmukh
Maha HM Anil Deshmukh
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The Maharashtra government will submit the status report on the investigation by Mumbai Police in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case on Saturday. Home Minister Anil Deshmukh told The Free Press Journal that the case, currently being probed by Mumbai Police, has not been taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as reported by the media.

“CBI has launched an investigation into the case filed by SSR’s father in Patna. This was done after the Centre accepted Bihar government’s proposal to transfer the case to CBI. Clearly, there are two different cases. Mumbai Police is at present investigating the case and it has not been taken over by CBI. The ball is in the SC’s court, which has slated the next hearing for August 19,’’ he noted.

An FIR had been registered in Patna against Rajput's girlfriend and actor Rhea Chakraborty, based on a complaint filed by Rajput’s father KK Singh under several sections, including abetment to suicide. The Bihar government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, saying the petition filed by Rhea Chakraborty to transfer the police complaint filed by SSR’s father is “misconceived and not maintainable”.

Rhea and six others have been booked by the CBI for the abetment of suicide, criminal breach of trust, cheating and theft. While the case has now been registered and the CBI is also in touch with Bihar Police for the investigation that the latter have conducted in the matter, the orders from the Supreme Court are still awaited.

However, Deshmukh reiterated that Mumbai Police are conducting the investigation in a professional manner and it was progressing in the right direction. He had earlier said that Mumbai Police had already begun investigating allegations about SSR’s unfortunate alleged suicide. “Even if Bihar Police registered an offence in Patna under sections 12 and 13 of the Criminal Procedure Code, it has to be investigated, inquired and tried by the police and courts within whose jurisdiction the offence is committed,” he added.

“I condemn the demand for the SSR case to be handed over to CBI. The case is now being politicised for political gains. Maharashtra Police are inquiring into the case professionally and are competent in digging out the truth, leaving no stone unturned,’’ Deshmukh had said.

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