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SC hands over Sushant case to CBI, millions hail decision

Intro: Sushant was talented actor, impartial probe is need of the hour, says top court

New Delhi: Ordering a CBI probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said he was a talented actor in the Mumbai film world and died well before his full potential could be realized. The top court said the CBI probe would also be desired justice for Rhea Chakraborty, “as she herself had called for a CBI investigation.”

The verdict brought cheers for millions in India and abroad as people from all walks of lives flooded the social media hailing the SC decision.

In a massive relief to the family of the late actor, the Supreme Court also said that the action of the Patna Police was justified.

As the Supreme Court ordered a probe, the CBI was set to write to the Mumbai Police to get hold of all the evidence and statements it recorded in the last two months.

Media reports said that the agency would write to the Mumbai Police to share all the evidence it has collected in the probe.

The CBI will seek details of the autopsy report, crime scene photographs from the Mumbai Police and the same will be shared with the forensic experts posted at CFSL. The sources said that the agency will demand the statements of all the persons whose statements were recorded in the last two months and the electronic devices of the late actor which are with the Mumbai Police.

The sources said that a team of CBI’s IT cell probing the case will soon visit Mumbai and recreate the crime scene and if required it will seek the help from the Mumbai CBI branch for more personnel.

The CBI will also probe that why the Mumbai Police did not act on the complaint of the actor’s family made on Whatsapp in the month of February this year. The source said that the Mumbai Police officials will also be examined by the CBI SIT.

The developments come in the wake of the Supreme Court ordering a CBI probe into the mysterious death of Sushant. The 34-year-old actor was found dead at his flat in Mumbai’s Bandra on June 14. The CBI has already recorded the statements of Sushant’s father K.K. Singh and his elder sister Rani Singh last week.

The agency has also registered a case against his girlfriend Rhea Chkraborty, her brother Showik, her father Indrajit, her mother Sandhya, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda and ex-manager Shruti Modi and unknown others on August 6 on the basis of the Bihar government’s recommendation for a CBI probe.

The central government gave its nod for a CBI probe on August 5.

The ED has also registered a case of money laundering in the case on July 31 on the basis of the Bihar Police FIR on the complaint of Sushant’s father. The ED has also recorded the statements of Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Indrajit, Shruti Modi, Sushant’s sister Meetu Singh and others.

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Sushant’s sister posts emotional letter

A letter apparently written by Neetu Singh, sister of Sushant Singh Rajput, was doing the rounds on social media. The letter remembered the late actor on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Sushant used to call Neetu Rani di, and the actor’s nickname was Gulshan.

The letter is in Hindi, according to a report in zeenews.india.com, and it translates to: “Gulshan, my baby, today is my day, today is your day, today is our day, today is Rakhi. Today, the first time in 35 years, the puja thali is ready, the lamp has been lit up, but only the person for whom it’s all done is not there. I Can’t put a vermillion mark on your forehead, can’t tie a Rakhi on your arm, can’t offer you sweets, can’t kiss you on the forehead, my brother I can’t hug you.”

“Years ago, when you were born, our whole world was lit up, when you were there, it felt the light was everywhere, now that you are no more, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to live without you, never thought there will be such a day when you won’t be there. Never thought there would be Raksha Bandhan without you ever. We have learnt so many things together, how do I learn to stay without you please tell me, Eternally yours, Rani Di.”

The letter went viral on social media and was shared on various pages on Facebook and Instagram throughout the festival.

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Bihar CM recommends CBI probe into Sushant Singh case

The Bihar government has recommended a CBI inquiry into the alleged suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

According to official sources, the government has recommended for the CBI inquiry after Sushant Singh’s father K.K. Singh demanded for it.

Nitish Kumar, while talking to a private news channel, said, “As soon as Sushant’s father K.K. Singh gave consent, I directed the DGP to do the paperwork for the recommendation of the CBI probe.”

Kumar said that this demand was made by all and that the police were investigating the case registered in Patna. But the Bihar police team in Mumbai was not getting cooperation from Maharashtra Police. In such a situation, CBI investigation was necessary, he said.

He said: “Hopefully, CBI will take up the matter soon and investigate. The scope of the CBI is large.”

Sushant Singh’s brother and BJP MLA Neeraj Kumar Bablu thanked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for recommending the CBI inquiry and said that now the truth will come out.

The Sushant Singh suicide case was raised in the Bihar assembly and almost all lawmakers demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.

The Mumbai police had claimed that Sushant Singh died by suicide.

However, on July 25, Sushant’s father lodged a case against Rhea Chakraborty in Patna and now Bihar Police is also investigating the case.

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How Bollywood’s ‘privilege club’ failed Sushant Singh Rajput

New Delhi: Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide has sparked off a conversation around the ruthless ways of Bollywood’s power camps — especially for young aspirants who come to realise their dreams as ‘outsiders’ from all over India, with no bloodline to flaunt.

The general sense that the film and television industry does not care for its own — unless you are an offspring of the industry – is not new. It was gaining ground over the past decade or so. Only, the subject started being widely discussed after actress Kangana Ranaut spoke of it a while back, ironically on “Koffee With Karan”, the chat show hosted by Karan Johar, often accused of being the grand dad of nepotism in Bollywood for his penchant at casting star kids in projects that prop their budding careers.

Kangana, for one, seems convinced that Sushant’s deserving films and work were never acknowledged, particularly at the award ceremonies. She also snubs the argument that he committed suicide because of depression, owing to a ‘weak mind’.

“How can his mind be weak? If you look at his last few posts, he is clearly saying, literally begging, ‘Watch my films. I have no Godfather. I will be taken out of the industry’. In his interviews, he had expressed why the industry wasn’t accepting him,” Kangana said in a video message.

The theory finds resonance in the words of politician Sanjay Nirupam, whose tweet says Sushant lost seven films, which he had signed, even after the success of “Chhichhore”.

“He lost the films in just six months. Why? The film industry’s ruthlessness works on a very different level. And that ruthlessness took the life of one talented person,” Nirupam posted.

Leaving the world of engineering, Sushant danced his way into showbiz as a background dancer, and got his acting break as the main actor’s brother in the TV show “Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil”. He was tagged a rising star after “Kai Po Che!” in 2013, and went on to prove his worth with every role he did — from “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” and “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!” to “Kedarnath” and “Chhichhore”.

So, why did he lose out on projects?

According to hearsay, over the past few years, Sushant was replaced in several big banner films including Sanjay Bhansali’s “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela” and Aditya Chopra’s “Befikre”. (Incidentally, his replacement in both films, Ranveer Singh — although a self-made superstar and an undeniable talent — is related to the Anil Kapoor clan. He is Sonam Kapoor’s cousin.)

However, Sushant never revealed any sign of depression owing to the rejections.

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Rajput’s suicide: Mumbai Police to probe ‘professional rivalry’

Mumbai: After Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput hanged himself, the police have started an all-encompassing probe into the suicide from various angles, even as his last rites were performed here.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh reiterated the police version that that the autopsy report has confirmed that Rajput committed suicide by hanging himself.

“However, there are media reports that he allegedly suffered from clinical depression because of professional rivalry. Mumbai Police will probe this angle too,” Deshmukh said.

“The provision post-mortem report has cited asphyxia as the cause of death,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abhishek Trimukhe, told mediapersons, even as the police tentatively ruled out any possibility of a foul play.

The police have also quizzed Rajput’s friends Rhea Chakravarty and Mahesh Shetty on the incident, and some more persons are likely to be queried, sources said.

“As we are all deeply pained and shocked to hear about Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise, so is Mahesh Shetty. He has lost a brother, a very dear friend and is still coming to terms with the shock and reality and is completely heartbroken. We, his team, request the media and all of you, on his behalf, to please give him some privacy and let him grieve for his loss,” said Shetty’s team in a social media post.

As part of the probe, separate teams from the Bandra Police Station, the Crime Branch-CID and the Forensic Department visited Rajput’s Bandra flat.

Earlier on Monday morning, Rajput’s family reached Mumbai from Patna, visited his home in Bandra and later claimed his body.

It was subsequently taken for the funeral at the Vile Parle Crematorium amid heavy rains with a large number of mediapersons, police and a few fans present.

It may be recalled that on Sunday, Rajput, 34, ended his life by hanging himself in the bedroom of his home and was found by his domestic help who alerted the police.

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