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Sushant Singh case: SC junked PIL seeking direction for CBI status report submission

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Sreya Kanugula

The Supreme Court junked a PIL that sought a direction to be given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to make a submission report on the case status of the demise of Bollywood star, Sushant Singh Rajput. 

The bench consisting of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde as well as Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian had dismissed lawyer Puneet Kaur Dhanda’s filed plea.

“We are not going to entertain this. You go to the High Court,” the Bench stated. 

The contention on the order passed by the Supreme Court on the CBI inquiry on the 19th of August in 2020, was brought up by the petitioner on how the probe made by the agency had lapsed for almost 5 months and the investigation was yet to be concluded. 

The CBI is not acting responsibly in the present case and there is a delay in the conclusion of the investigation of the case,” the petition stated.

Even in serious offences like murder, the law stipulates filing of charge sheet in 90 days but in the present case the premium investigating agency has failed miserably in their role and the unnecessary delay in the present case is bringing bad name to the administration of justice not only in our country but across the globe,” the plea further elaborated.

It also sought for a direction to be given to the agency to finish their probe within the next two months and make a submission of their final report at the concerned judicial court. 

It was said that Mr. Rajput had died under mysterious circumstances and that the initial probe was conducted by the police department of Mumbai. 

On dissatisfaction being shown by the family of the late actor, this Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct an enquiry in the mysterious death of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput,” the petitioner stated in his plea.

It was also stated that “a fair, competent, impartial and speedy” investigation was the need of the current hour in the PIL. 

The 34-year-old actor had made his debut on the silver screen in the ‘Kai Po Che’ film that gained critical acclaim 7 years ago. He had been found dead at his suburban Bandra apartment in the city of Mumbai on the 14th of June in 2020. 

The probe was taken over by the CBI from the police department on the alleged suicide abetment case that was filed against Mr. Rajput’s former girlfriend Ms. Rhea Chakraborty as well as her family. It was filed by the deceased actor’s father K. K. Singh in Bihar.