Shiv Sena alleges demand for a CBI probe into Sushant Singh case is a political move

Sanjay Raut & Shushant Singh Rajput

Mumbai : As the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given a go-ahead for the CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case, the Shiv Sena slams the move links the central investigation agency probe to Bihar polls.

The Sena Rajya Sabha member and the party spokesman Sanjay Raut said that it is a political move to involve central agency probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput case and it is only for the ensuing Bihar state polls. The Sena made a direct allegation on the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and they are not ready to let go of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Sushant Singh was found dead in his Mumbai apartment in June and the police had said he died by suicide. His family and some friends like Ankita Lokhande, who had dated the actor for years before breaking up in 2016, want an investigation into how he died.

“Sushant didn’t have suicidal personality. When he was with me, he used to be happy, he used to keep me happy. He was a very balanced person. He used to plan his life according to his five-year goals. He used to write down his dreams. And after five years, he would always get what he wanted,” Ankita said.

Sushant’s father KK Singh, who has accused actor’s friend Rhea Chakraborty of transferring Rs 15 crore to unknown accounts and harassing him, pressed for a CBI investigation into his death on a phone call with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a day after he alleged he had informed the Mumbai Police in February that his son was in danger.

The Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said that since the family has given its consent, the state is recommending a CBI probe on the FIR which was lodged in Bihar amid a turf war between the Mumbai and Bihar Police over the case.

The Mumbai Police have been investigating if the actor was depressed as he was allegedly sidelined by Bollywood because of nepotism and have recorded the statement of over 50 people, including actors and noted filmmakers. The Bihar Police last week launched a parallel probe based on Sushant’s father, KK Singh’s complaint. The Enforcement Directorate, which looks into financial crimes, has also registered an FIR under sections that deal with money laundering.

The recommendation for the CBI probe comes a day before the Supreme Court will hear a petition by Ms Chakraborty to transfer Mr Singh’s FIR to Mumbai.

The investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death turned into a Mumbai Police versus Bihar Police row on Monday, with Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari alleging that he was “selectively quarantined” till August 15 after his arrival in Mumbai on Sunday. Tiwari, Superintendent of Police of Patna was sent to Mumbai to monitor the investigation by a Bihar Police team, which is probing an “abetment to suicide” case on the basis of a complaint filed by the actor’s father in Patna last week .