Patna: As voices grow for CBI probe into the death of Shushant Singh Rajput, the Bihar government on Saturday said that they are ready to hand over the case to the central probe agency if late actor’s father demands.
The Nitish Kumar government said that they would transfer the investigation to the CBI if Rajput’s father deamands, Times Now’s Priyank reported, citing sources.
Earlier on Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray defended the Mumbai police which has been facing heat over its handling of the investigation into the death of the actor and said it was capable of probing the case.
Mumbai Police, which is probing the alleged suicide case, has interrogated several Bollywood bigwigs including filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It has also recorded statements of around 40 people, including his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.
A four-member Bihar Police started a parallel probe into the case last week after the late actor’s father filed a case against Chakraborty and five other individuals in Patna under various sections, including abetment of suicide.
‘Don’t make it Maharashtra versus Bihar issue’
The Chief Minister further said the case should not be used as Maharashtra versus Bihar issue and asked people to share proof related to the case with the Mumbai police if they have any.
“We will interrogate and punish the guilty. However, please don’t use this case as a Maharashtra versus Bihar issue. This is the most deplorable thing to do,” he said.
Thackeray said the many Mumbai police personnel have died fighting coronavirus adding that to question their efficiency it is an insult.
Earlier, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had said Mumbai Police are capable of handling the matter and that there was no need for a CBI probe into the case.
Rajput was found hanging at his Mumbai apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14.