Mumbai: A war of words has ensued between the ruling Coalition government in Maharashtra and the Opposition on handing over the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case to the CBI. While the former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis questioned the role of Mumbai Police in the handling of the case and demanded a probe through central agency into the matter, the Maharashtra Home minister, Anil Deshmukh condemned the Opposition for questioning the state police investigation in the case.
The Opposition leader, Fadnavis said that it’s really very strange that why the state government is coming under unnecessary suspicion by not allowing Bihar Police to perform their duties.
Giving reference of the earlier other state police’s visit in the state, the former chief minister said, “A medical team from Kerala visited Mumbai, UP Police came to investigate Vikas Dubey case, a team from Bihar police is already working in Mumbai since 4 days but none of them were quarantined then why only an SP rank officer is treated differently?”
“The movement of officers doing public service can’t be stopped by putting them in quarantine in these testing times of Covid-19 pandemic,” he added and said, “Instead of solving the mystery of Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death, such behaviour will only result into huge public outcry and disbelief amongst the people about the investigation.”
Sushant (34) was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14 and since then the police have been probing the case, keeping in mind various angles. Rejecting any foul play, the final post-mortem report had stated that Sushant died of asphyxia as a result of hanging.
The IPS officer Binay Tiwari, who came from Patna of Bihar to probe the matter, was forcibly quarantined by BMC officials at 11pm on Monday. He was not provided accommodation in the IPS Mess at Mumbai despite request and was staying in a guest house at Goregaon.
Taking a strong exception over the demand of Fadnavis, the Home minister, Deshmukh said that the Mumbai police have began investigating the matter. The state police are inquiring into the case professionally and are competent in digging out the truth, leaving no stone unturned. “The case is now being politicised for political gains,” Deshmukh further said.
However, he kept mum on the issue to quarantine the IPS officer from Patna, who came in Mumbai to investigate the matter.