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No legal sanctity to statements of witnesses collected by Maha cops in Sushant case, Centre tells SC

The Centre Thursday informed the Supreme Court that statements of 56 witnesses collected by the Maharashtra Police in Sushant Singh Rajput dying case “have no validity or legal sanctity” as it’s but to register an FIR. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre, in his written submissions sought apex courtroom’s nod for investigation into the case by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

“The Maharashtra Police in its affidavit has said that it has collected statements of 56 persons. In view of the admitted position that there is no FIR registered and the police officer is merely discharging functions under section 174, such statements have no validity or legal sanctity and are non-est,” the Centre stated.

It stated the CBI has already registered an FIR whereas acceding to the request made by the Bihar authorities and the Enforcement Directorate, a central company appearing underneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, can be investigating.

“In conclusion, it is therefore prayed that (i) It is desirable that a predicate offence is also investigated by the CBI which is a central agency; and this Court may not make any observations which might affect the investigation being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate which is not the subject matter of the present proceedings,” the Centre stated.

The Centre filed its written submissions in the highest courtroom on the actress Rhea Chakraborty’s plea searching for switch of the FIR lodged by Bihar authorities to Mumbai.

Rajput, 34, was discovered hanging from the ceiling of his condominium in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14 and since then Mumbai Police has been probing the case.

The FIR in Patna has been registered towards Chakraborty and others for alleged offences underneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code, together with 306 (abetment of suicide), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling home), 406 (punishment for legal breach of belief) and 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing supply of property). 

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