Following Singh’s caveat in the SC, the Bihar government, through standing counsel Keshav Mohan, too filed a caveat requesting the SC not to pass any order on Chakraborty’s petition without hearing it. Singh has lodged an FIR in Patna accusing Chakraborty and her family of abetting Rajput’s suicide by allegedly constricting him mentally and financially.
The state government has decided to engage senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi in the case. On Thursday, a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian dismissed a PIL filed by two women — a Patna-based motivational speaker and freelance writer, and a USbased Indian professor of clinical medicine — seeking a CBI probe into Rajput’s suicide. The petitioners, through advocate S R Setia, argued that Bollywood had become a haunted place for newcomers from middleclass backgrounds without a godfather. They cited the suicides of actors Guru Dutt, Silk Smitha, Nafisa Joseph, model-turned-television actor Kuljeet Randhawa, Kunal Singh, British-American actor Jiah Khan, Kushal Punjabi and now Rajput.
The petitioners — Alka Priya and Sindhu Singh — sought a probe into Bollywood’s activities, apart from Rajput’s death, to bring it under the rule of law. However, the SC bench questioned the locus standi of the petitioners and said, “Mumbai police is already investigating the case”. In her petition, Chakraborty said she was in a livein relationship with Rajput for a year till June 8, when she left for her home. “The deceased was suffering from depression for some time and was on anti-depressants and he committed suicide on June 14 at his Bandra residence,” she said. She said she moved the SC for transfer of the FIR from Patna to Mumbai as Bihar police had no jurisdiction to inquire into the case as the incident took place in Mumbai.