26 Mar 2021: SC refuses to quash FIR against Sushant Singh Rajput's sister
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to quash an FIR against Priyanka Singh, the sister of deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Singh stands accused of abetting Rajput's suicide in a case filed in Mumbai by Rhea Chakraborty, who was dating the actor.
Singh had challenged a Bombay High Court order which had kept the FIR lodged against her pending.
Here are more details.
Details: Not inclined to hear matter: SC
A three-judge bench—comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian—dismissed Singh's appeal on Friday, saying that it was not inclined to hear the matter.
Singh had filed an appeal challenging the Bombay HC order that kept alive the case filed against her by Chakraborty. The court had, however, quashed an FIR against Rajput's other sister, Meetu Singh.
Fact: CBI to take over probe
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now take over the investigation against Singh. The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that all FIRs related to Rajput's death will be investigated by the CBI, a federal probing agency.
Allegations: Rajput's sister allegedly faked prescription for him
Chakraborty had filed a case against Rajput's sisters based on texts between Singh and the actor on June 8, 2020—six days before he was found hanging at his Mumbai apartment.
The chats indicated that the sisters had advised Rajput to take three medicines—Librium, Mexito, and Lonazep—which cannot be purchased over the counter.
The sisters were accused of forgery and violation of the NDPS Act.
Fact: In February, Bombay HC had allowed probe to continue
On February 15, the Bombay HC had allowed the investigation into the case against Singh to continue. The court had noted, "There is prima facie case found against Priyanka Singh and there should not be any impediment in the investigation against her."
Defense: Case 'based on media reports,' Singh said
In her defense, Singh had questioned the credibility of the case against her, saying that it is "based on media reports."
The sisters had also sought an investigation into the "malicious and malafide" activities of the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra government.
The sisters had claimed that the FIR was lodged to "concoct a whole new story entirely different from the statements made."