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New Delhi, August 19, 2020
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and asked Mumbai Police to hand over all evidence collected so far in the case to the agency.
Justice Hrishikesh Roy said the CBI will be competent to probe not only the Patna FIR but any other FIR in connection with the case.
The top court noted that the Mumbai Police have registered only an accidental death report in connection with Rajput's death, therefore it had limited investigation powers, whereas the case registered by Bihar Police is a full fledged FIR which has been already referred to CBI.
The top court ensured that there was no confusion about CBI being the sole authority to investigate the mystery behind Rajput's death and no other state police could interfere with it. The apex court order came on a plea by Rhea Chakraborty seeking transfer of the first information report (FIR) registered in Patna to Mumbai.
The apex court emphasized that the probe into the case has been ordered by the court and Maharashtra government must comply and assist.
The CBI is also free to register a fresh case, if required, added the top court.