As Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case takes a fresh turn with his father filing an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty in Patna, the actress has hired lawyer Satish Manshinde to represent her.
Chakraborty, on Wednesday, moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of an FIR from Patna to Mumbai and the stay on the investigation by the Bihar police on the allegations of Sushant’s father K.K. Singh that she abetted suicide of his son. In a counter-move, Sushant’s family filed a caveat in the apex court.
On Thursday, the Bihar government backed Sushant’s family and hired former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi to counter actress Rhea’s plea in the SC.
Manshinde is a famous criminal lawyer, and according to reports, was recently in the news for being appointed as the special public prosecutor in the Palghar lynching case. According to a Jagran report, Manshinde had also represented Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case and Salman Khan in the hit-and-run case.
Sushant’s father lodged an FIR with Rajiv Nagar police station under various sections of IPC including 306 (abetment of suicide) on July 25. The case has been lodged under various sections of IPC, including 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 306 (abetment of suicide).
Several political leaders and film personalities have demanded a CBI probe into his death.
Rajput’s suspected death by suicide has also triggered a debate on alleged nepotism and favouritism in the Hindi film industry. Several top production houses had allegedly boycotted the Patna-born actor, causing him distress and compelling him to end his life.