Actor Rhea Chakraborty has filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court, complaining against media reports that have “blown out of proportion” ongoing investigations into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Ms Chakraborty, who has been accused by Mr Rajput’s family of involvement in his death, claimed the media had “already convicted” her.
Rhea Chakraborty had earlier moved the Supreme Court seeking a transfer of investigation from Patna to Mumbai. She was earlier named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the First Information Report lodged in the case after the Patna police transferred investigations.
“Extreme trauma and infringement of privacy of the rights of the petitioner is caused due to constant sensationalisation of this case“the affidavit stated.
In her affidavit, Rhea claims that the move to investigate her for her alleged involvement in Sushant Singh’s death by the Patna police was based upon a misconstruction of Section 179 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and “under political pressure.” Section 179, CrPC lays down that an offence is triable where the act is done or its consequence ensues.
She also said she feared becoming a “scapegoat of political agendas” and asked the court to protect her against “extreme trauma and infringement of privacy”.
“The issue is blown out of proportion in (the) media. Media channels are examining and cross-examining all the witnesses in the case. Petitioner has already been convicted by the media even before foul play in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput is established,” Ms Chakraborty’s affidavit read.
The affidavit pointed out that in two other high-profile cases – the 2G scam and the Talwar murder case – “media had convicted the accused… each and every accused was later on found innocent by the courts”.
The affidavit has been filed through Advocate Malak Manish Bhatt.
Based on Nitish Kumar’s recommendation and the centre’s backing, the CBI has filed a case against Ms Chakraborty and five others and will start investigations pending the top court’s ruling on her petition.
Ms Chakraborty, who had earlier appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah for a CBI probe, later described the agency’s involvement as “totally illegal and beyond any known legal principles” in Sushant Singh Rajput death case.