The Mumbai Police on Monday told the Bombay High Court that they were duty-bound to register FIR against Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters as the complaint filed against them by Rhea Chakraborty ‘disclosed commission of offence’.
Facing probe by central agencies in connection with Rajput’s death on June 14, Rhea had on September 7 filed a complaint at Bandra police station against his sisters Priyanka, Meetu and a doctor from Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for allegedly getting the late actor psychiatric drugs without consultation and by using a forged prescription.
Supporting Rajput’s sisters’ claims, the CBI last week had told the HC that Rhea’s accusation against the sisters of the actor ‘was presumptive and speculative’ and said such speculation cannot be the basis of an FIR.
The Mumbai Police, through Nikhil Kapse, senior inspector, Bandra police station, filed an affidavit and opposed the plea filed by Rajput’s sisters, seeking to quash the FIR against them. The police refuted allegations that they were damaging the reputation of the petitioners or any deceased person and said they were not trying to ‘influence or derail’ the probe undertaken by the CBI.
It further claimed as per Rhea, a fake and fabricated medical prescription was sent by the petitioners taking the help of the Delhi-based doctor and medicines for anxiety were prescribed to Rajput.
“According to informant (Rhea), the criminal conspiracy is, obtaining fabricated prescription based on falsehood may have led to administration of psychotropic substances without actual examination of Rajput and may have caused and contributed in suicidal death of the actor,” the affidavit said.
“This version of the informant disclosed cognisable offences warranting investigation and requiring no preliminary enquiry. Therefore, the Mumbai Police were duty-bound to register the FIR,” the affidavit said.
The Mumbai Police opposed CBI’s position in the case that they should not have registered FIR in the same case which was probed by the CBI. “The case being probed by the CBI is one registered by the deceased’s father in Bihar. On the other hand, the FIR lodged by the Mumbai Police is by Rhea seeking investigation for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy against Rajput’s sisters Priyanka and Meetu and doctor Tarun Kumar,” the affidavit said.
A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice M S Karnik will hear the case on November 4.
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