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Bollywood
Wednesday Aug 05 2020
By
AFP

CBI to probe Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

By
AFP
CBI to probe Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

The Central Bureau of Investigation, India´s top anti-crime agency is taking over the investigation into the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rajput, 34, was found dead in June in his Mumbai apartment -- with police saying he took his own life -- setting off a debate over mental health in the multi-billion-dollar industry.

His former girlfriend, fellow actor Rhea Chakraborty, petitioned the Supreme Court Wednesday after Rajput´s family disputed reports that he suffered from depression and accused her of stealing his money and harassing him.

Chakraborty strongly denied the allegations and asked the country´s highest court to transfer the case from local police in Rajput´s home state of Bihar.

Government solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the hearing that the Central Bureau of Investigation, India´s top federal crime agency, would take charge of the case, which has grabbed media headlines for weeks.

Born in Bihar, Rajput quit engineering studies to pursue a career in acting and dance.

He got his big break in 2013 with "Kai Po Che", a film about cricket, love, and politics that won acclaim at the Berlin film festival.