- Sushant Singh’s case has been handed over to the CBI
- Sharad Pawar’s grand-nephew comments on Sushant Singh’s case
- Sharad Pawar says, “We haven’t looked into it seriously. It is immature,”
Veteran Maharashtra leader, Sharad Pawar, sided with the ruling ally and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray on the investigations into the death of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput saying that the Maharashtra police should have been given a chance first.
He also issued a public reprimand to his grand-nephew, Parth Pawar who is the son of his nephew Ajit Pawar. He echoed with the state’s opposition BJP demand for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The 79 year old said, “We haven’t looked into it seriously. It is immature,” while discussing what has now become a Bihar versus Maharashtra issue and has reached the Supreme Court of India.
After Sushant’s family sought for a CBI probe in his death, the Bihar government requested the Centre to do the same, saying they have no cooperation from the Mumbai Police and important pieces of evidence could be destroyed.
This move has been tagged as political by Thackeray’s Shiv Sena, which has accused the Nitish Kumar government of politicizing the issue to seek votes in the coming assembly elections.
Today Sharad Pawar said, “I have full faith in the police in Maharashtra. And if after doing this detailed probe someone wants a probe by the CBI or other agencies then I won’t oppose it,” while addressing the reporters.
He said, “I have known Maharashtra Police and Mumbai Police for 50 years. Have full faith in them. I don’t want to go into the allegations. This is not such an important issue,”.
Pawar dismissed the speculations about state minister Aaditya Thackeray’s involvement, in this case, saying, “I don’t know with what intention the name of the Thackerays’ are being dragged in this,”.
The Sena has accused the saffron party of dragging the name of Thackerays’ into the controversy.
Sanjay Raut, a senior Shiv Sena leader told the reporters that, “What has Aaditya Thackeray got to do with the Sushant Singh Rajput case? It seems the opposition still cannot digest that the Shiv Sena-led government has come to power in the state,” last week.
Aaditya Thackery, who is the son of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, earlier said that he and his family is being dragged as a part of “dirty politics”. He did not name anyone but said that these allegations were just evidence of “political stomach-ache” stemming from frustration.
On the 14th of June, Sushant Singh was found dead in his Mumbai home and the police said it was a case of suicide. The controversies started boiling when the allegations were made that he was driven to his death by the prevalent nepotism and star kids’ groups in the Bollywood industry.
Bihar government got involved in this case when Sushant Singh Rajput’s family dragged his ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty to court, accusing her of financial fraud and abetment.
Two Central agencies, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), are now looking into the issue and both Rhea and his brother have been interrogated and questioned by the ED.
Both the Maharashtra government and Rhea Chakraborty have insisted that it is the Maharashtra police who have jurisdiction in the case.
The final call will be taken by the Supreme Court.
Earlier this week, an article in Saamna, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece said, “The Bihar government should not have interfered in the matter of Sushant Singh Rajput. Over the last few years, Sushant was a Mumbaikar. Mumbai gave him prosperity and Bihar didn’t stand by him during his struggle,”.