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Don’t make me a scapegoat of political agendas, Rhea tells SC

In affidavit to apex court, actress says Sushant’s suicide was being ‘blown out of proportion in the media'
Rhea on her way to the ED officr in Mumbai on August 7
Rhea on her way to the ED officr in Mumbai on August 7

Our Bureau, Agencies   |   Calcutta, Mumbai   |   Published 10.08.20, 07:06 PM

Actress Rhea Chakraborty has told the Supreme Court that she should not be made a "scapegoat of political agendas" in the actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case, alleging that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was allegedly behind the "registration of an FIR in Patna" against her.

In an affidavit filed before the apex court on Monday, she claimed the "sad incident" of Rajput's death unfortunately occurred in the wake of elections in Bihar and this led to the issue of suicide being isolated and "blown out of proportion in the media”.

The apex court is scheduled to hear Chakraborty's plea tomorrow (Tuesday).

The actress said she had already been "convicted" by the media in the matter even before any foul play had been established.

In an additional affidavit filed in the apex court, Chakraborty said that she had "no objection" if the top court referred the case to CBI by its order and "even if the CBI investigates the matter the jurisdiction will still be with the courts at Mumbai and not at Patna".

Chakraborty filed the affidavit in the top court which is seized of her plea seeking transfer of an FIR, lodged against her by Bihar Police in Patna on a complaint by Rajput's father Krishna Kishore Singh, to Mumbai.

In her additional affidavit, she said that two actors --- Ashutosh Bhakre and Sameer Sharma -- were reported to have committed suicide in the last one month and "yet no whisper about the same in power corridors."

"In case of death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Chief Minister of Bihar is reported to be responsible for registration of FIR in Patna," the affidavit claimed, adding, "The sad incident of the death of Sushant Singh Rajput who hailed from Bihar unfortunately occurred just in wake of elections in Bihar. This has led to the issue of suicide of deceased being isolated and blown out of proportion."

"The issue is blown out of proportion in media. Media channels are examining and cross-examining all the witnesses in the case. Petitioner (Chakraborty) is already convicted by media even before a foul play in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput is established," it alleged, adding, "Petitioner urges before this court that she should be protected and not be made scapegoat of political agendas".

Referring to a provision of the CrPC, which deals with offence triable where the act is done or consequence ensues, the affidavit said it appeared to have been "misconstrued to usurp jurisdiction in Bihar under political pressure". 

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