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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Centre accepts Bihar’s advice to hand over the case to CBI

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar suggested that the CBI should investigate the matter after the state police chief met the late actor's father yesterday.

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Solicitor general of India Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court today that the Centre has accepted the Bihar government’s recommendation to hand over the Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The court is also hearing a petition by actress Rhea Chakraborty, Rajput’s girlfriend, to transfer the case lodged by the late actor's family with the Patna police to the Mumbai police.

Last month, the actress, who has been blamed by the family for Rajput's death by suicide in June, had requested India’s home minister Amit Shah to hand over the case to the CBI.

“The Union of India has in principle accepted the request by Bihar to have a CBI probe," Mehta told the Hindustan Times newspaper. "A notification regarding this will be issued by end of day today.”

Yesterday, Bihar's chief minister Nitish Kumar had recommended a CBI probe into the matter after the state police chief Gupteshwar Pandey spoke to Rajput’s father KK Singh.

“The DGP [state director general of police] spoke to Sushant Singh Rajput’s father this morning and he gave his consent for a CBI inquiry," Nitish Kumar told the Asian News International (ANI) news agency yesterday. "So now, we are recommending a CBI probe in the matter."

Rajput died by suicide on 14 June. The actor was found hanging from a fan at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai. His last film, Dil Bechara (2020), was released online last month.