Actor Rhea Chakraborty‘s lawyer on Monday said the Bihar government cannot recommend a CBI probe in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death when police from that state do not have any jurisdiction to even investigate the case.
Rhea is in the thick of controversy over Sushant’s death.
The Bihar government has recommended a CBI inquiry in the case of Sushant Rajput’s death after his father made a request for it, state chief minister Nitish Kumar had earlier informed.
“There cannot be transfer of a case which had no legal basis to begin with for the Bihar police to get involved. At the most, it would be a Zero FIR which would then be transferred to Mumbai Police,” Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said in a statement.
The transfer of a case, in which Bihar police had no jurisdiction, to CBI has no legal sanctity, he said, according to reports.
He said the Bihar government, realizing that it does not have the jurisdiction to probe the case, is now adopting this ‘illegal method’ of recommending the case to be handed over to CBI.
Rhea Chakraborty earlier filed a petition in the Supreme Court, stating that the Bihar Police have no jurisdiction to probe the case as the Mumbai Police have already registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR).
Sushant was found dead at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14 last.
Mumbai Police had registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) and an investigation is underway in the case.
Till now, the Mumbai Police have recorded statements of 56 people, including Sushant Rajput’s sisters, Rhea Chakraborty and some other film personalities.
Sushant Rajput’s father KK Singh last week lodged a complaint with Patna police against Rhea Chakraborty and her family members, accusing them of ‘abetment of suicide’ in the case.
The Patna police registered an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty and six members of her family under various Indian Penal Code Sections, including 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 306 (abetment of suicide).
A team of the Bihar Police is in Mumbai for probing the case and recording statements of witnesses.