It has been three long years since the untimely demise of popular actor Sushant Singh Rajput, but the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to make any significant progress in the murder case that was handed over to them by Bihar Police in 2020. Surprisingly, the central agency has neither filed a chargesheet nor officially closed the case, leaving the public in suspense. The CBI’s silence regarding the investigation has only fueled curiosity and speculation.
The tragic incident took place on June 14, 2020, when Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Bandra residence. The local Bandra police initially treated it as an Accidental Death Report (ADR) and conducted interviews with numerous individuals, including celebrities and producers from the film industry. The subsequent post-mortem report indicated suicide as the cause of death.
To ensure a thorough examination, a panel of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) examined the actor’s autopsy reports and collected viscera samples in October 2020. The panel later concluded that there was no foul play involved and it appeared to be a case of suicide rather than murder. This information was shared with the CBI, but no further updates were provided.
Despite numerous attempts to reach out to CBI officials and spokespersons for updates on the case, all inquiries have gone unanswered. This silence has only added to the mystery surrounding the investigation, keeping the public eagerly awaiting any new information.
Ever since Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, the case has garnered extensive media attention. Within a month of his death, various theories emerged on social media platforms, suggesting that the actor had been murdered. Some even speculated a connection between his death and the earlier passing of his former assistant, Disha Salian, on June 8, 2020. However, the Mumbai police, after conducting their own investigation, ruled out any foul play in both incidents.
Following a statement from Rajput’s father, the Bihar Police registered a murder case against Rajput’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, her family members, and the domestic helpers at Sushant’s residence. Eventually, the CBI took charge of the case and questioned several individuals, including Chakraborty.
While the CBI’s investigation did not progress as expected, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), another central agency, got involved. They registered a case against Chakraborty, her brother, and others based on chats retrieved from her phone, suggesting drug-related activities involving Rajput. The NCB, led by Sameer Wankhede, an officer from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), took the opportunity to initiate a crackdown on drug use in Bollywood. They summoned prominent actors, including Deepika Padukone, for questioning. Eventually, Chakraborty, her brother, and others were arrested, and 33 people were charged in connection with the case. Chakraborty was later released on bail.
In 2021, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court, seeking an update on the CBI’s investigation into the Rajput case. However, the Supreme Court directed the petitioner to approach the high court instead, as it declined to entertain the plea.
As the years pass, the unresolved Sushant Singh Rajput death case continues to be a perplexing enigma. With the CBI maintaining an ominous silence, the public is left wondering if justice will ever be served. The absence of closure in this high-profile case only deepens the intrigue and raises more questions than answers.