Patna/Mumbai: The centre today informed the Supreme Court that it has accepted the recommendation of the Bihar government for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, escalating politics in a case that is caught between two states, Bihar and Maharashtra.
The recommendation had been made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday, after the father of Sushant Singh Rajput accused the Mumbai Police of not reacting when he talked about a threat to his son’s life in February.
The call for a central agency probe was opposed by the Maharashtra government in the Supreme Court, which said the First Information Report or FIR filed in Patna is politically motivated and that the Bihar Police does not have any jurisdiction in the case. The death is being probed by the Mumbai Police, ever since Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.
The Supreme Court, which was today hearing a petition by Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend and actor Rhea Chakraborty seeking the transfer of an FIR – from Patna to Mumbai – accusing her of abetting Mr Rajput’s alleged suicide, has directed Bihar, Maharashtra, the Centre and the late actor’s father to file a response to Ms Chakraborty’s plea in three days.