There has been a turn of events in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case ever since his family filed an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty.
Rapid developments followed, the latest being Rhea Chakraborty’s visit to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office earlier today. Her brother, Showik Chakraborty, also accompanied her.
The ED wants to question Rhea in a money laundering case over “suspicious transactions” worth Rs 15 crore.
At first, Chakraborty requested to defer the questioning until after the Supreme Court hearing on her petition. However, the ED denied her plea.
“Rhea Chakraborty is a law-abiding citizen. In view of the fact that ED has informed the media that the request to postpone the attendance is rejected … she has appeared in the ED at the appointed time and date,” her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said.
Rhea Chakraborty’s petition at the Supreme Court
Following the FIR filed by Sushant’s family accusing Rhea for “abetment of suicide”, Rhea filed a petition in the Supreme Court. She demanded the transfer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s case from Bihar to Maharashtra.
She said one couldn’t expect a fair trial in Bihar as Sushant’s father, KK Singh, was a part of the Bihar Police. Moreover, the Mumbai Police had already made headway with the case, having questioned around 50 people till then.
CBI to probe Sushant’s death case
On Wednesday, the Centre gave the go-ahead to CBI, India’s top anti-crime agency, to probe Rajput’s death.
The very same CBI unit that looked into Vijay Mallya’s high-profile case has taken charge of Sushant Singh Rajput’s case.
In its FIR, the CBI accused Rhea Chakraborty, her parents, her brother and two others. The charges are multiple – criminal conspiracy, abetment of suicide, wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, theft, criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal intimidation.
Rhea Chakraborty, who herself had called for a CBI inquiry earlier, has now changed her stance. She said the agency’s probe at this time would be “totally illegal and beyond any known legal principles, affecting the Federal Structure of the Nation”. She further added that the CBI should stay away till the SC gives its verdict.