Rhea under Bihar police lens

Plea in SC for transfer of FIR listed on Aug 5

Mumbai/New Delhi: The Bihar police on Saturday said actress Rhea Chakraborty was “under watch” in the abetment to suicide case in the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput while her plea before the Supreme Court for transfer of the FIR against her from Patna to Mumbai is listed for hearing on August 5.
A four-member Bihar police team is in Mumbai since Wednesday to probe the FIR registered in Patna against Chakraborty, 28, and six others including her family members based on the complaint filed by Rajput’s father.
Krishna Kumar Singh (74) had lodged the complaint for the alleged abetment to suicide of his son on Tuesday.
As the chorus for a probe by the CBI into the case grew louder, a Bihar minister said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would definitely act if a demand for the premier investigating agency to step in comes from the family of Rajput.
Bihar’s Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey, meanwhile, said the state police wants the forensic science laboratory reports, inquest report, post-mortem report and relevant CCTV footage in the case to facilitate its probe.
On Saturday, the Bihar police team visited the Bandra police station.
When asked whether Chakraborty, who was Rajput’s girlfriend, would be interrogated, an official of the Bihar police said, “It is not required as of now. But she is under our watch.”
Another member of the visiting team said they have sent a notice to Chakraborty under the relevant CrPC sections, asking her to cooperate with the police in the probe. He also said the Mumbai police was cooperating with them in the investigation of the case.
The DGP dismissed the allegations of misbehaviour with the visiting Bihar police team in Mumbai as “rumours”, and said the police there are assisting them.
The local police there helped the sleuths reach its destinations, the DGP said.
Pandey said if need arises, an IPS officer from the state can be sent to Mumbai to lead the probe.
Rajput, 34, was found hanging in his suburban Bandra apartment in Mumbai on June 14.
A Mumbai police official said the visiting team has recorded the statements of six persons as part of the probe. (PTI)

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