The CBI has finally taken over the investigation in one of the most high profile cases of 2020 - the death of Bollywood actorSushant Singh Rajput
- that involves several political controversies between the Maharashtra and Bihar governments and both states police forces.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) decided to get the case probed by the Anti Corruption Unit VI (SIT) New Delhi, which had earlier probed the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal and liquor baron Vijay Mallya's loan fraud case.
According to CBI sources, the agency handed over the probe to the ACU-VI (Special Investigation Team), which was formed by CBI's Special Director Rakesh Asthana. The decision was taken after hours of brainstorming among the top CBI officials including Director R.K. Shukla.
After the brainstorming session of top officials, the case was handed over to the ACU-VI (SIT). The CBI on Thursday evening registered a case into the death of Sushant on the recommendation of the Bihar government and named Sushant's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her father Indrajit Chakraborty, her mother Sandhya Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty, Shruti Modi, house manager Samuel Miranda and unknown others in the case.
The SIT team consists of Joint Director Manoj Shashidhar, a 1994-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer, DIG Gagandeep Gambhir, also a Gujarat cadre IPS officer, and Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad.
Gambhir was born and brought up in Bihar's Muzaffarpur. She completed her higher education from Punjab University. According to CBI sources, Gambhir had last year also probed the role of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in the alleged illegal sand mining case. Later she was shifted to the unit probing the Srijan scam and the case of journalist Upendra Rai. The SIT has also successfully probed the Vijay Mallya case.
The source said, due to the tight probe the CBI was able to win the extradition case against the former chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The SIT has also probed the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, in which it has arrested British national and key middleman Christian Michel James, who was extradited to India in December 2018. (IANS)