From demanding CBI probe to now seeking transfer of her case to Mumbai, Rajput family lawyer Vikas Singh thinks that someone in Mumbai police is trying to shield the absconding Rhea Chakraborty
By Our Correspondent
A Special Investigation Team of the Bihar police is in Mumbai, but reportedly Rhea Chakraborty is absconding, trying to evade arrest. Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, Sushant Singh Rajput’s family lawyer Vikas Singh has made some sensational claims and questioned the probe being conducted by Mumbai police. In another startling claim, Vikas Singh has suggested that perhaps someone in the Mumbai police is trying to protect Chakraborty.
“FIR is registered in Patna, now she (Rhea) has filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking stay and transfer of investigation to Mumbai. Isse jyada kya proof chahiye ki (what more proof is needed that) somebody in Mumbai Police is helping her,” Singh told Press Trust of India.
Chakraborty through her lawyer Satish Manashinde had moved the Supreme Court seeking to transfer the case in Patna to Mumbai. At the time of writing this article, Chakraborty still remained absconding.
In another startling claim, Vikas Singh told Times Now that after the actor’s suspected suicide on 14 June, the family had told Mumbai police to book people who were close to Rajput in Mumbai but nothing was done. Earlier in the day on 29 July, Singh had told ANI that the Mumbai police was reluctant to file an FIR and had forced the Rajput family to give names of 5-6 production houses.
Speaking to a Hindi news channel yesterday, former IPS officer RK Jain had defended the Mumbai police saying that Rajput’s family didn’t disclose any sensational claims to Mumbai police. Last evening, India TV, too, filed a report quoting sources in Mumbai police echoing Jain’s line.
Efforts to reach out to DCP Abhishek Trimukhe, Mumbai police, didn’t yield any response. It must be noted that Bihar police only acted in the case after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha intervened in the matter.
Interestingly, a few weeks ago, Rhea Chakraborty herself had requested a CBI [Central Bureau of Investigation] probe into her boyfriend’s death. Back Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had ruled out a CBI probe expressing satisfaction over the probe being conducted by Mumbai police and believed there was no foul play in the case.
Requesting anonymity, a Patna cop told Beyond Bollywood, “Well,, the chief minister Nitish Kumar must have felt that the probe conducted by the Mumbai police is not fair. Both Jha and he felt that Bihar ka beta (son of Bihar) needs to get justice and that is why they decided to launch an investigation by the Patna police.”
The focus has shifted from nepotism to the Sushant-Rhea relationship. Rajput’s father K.K Singh has accused Chakraborty and her family of cheating, fraud and driving his son to suicide.