Wednesday Aug 05, 2020
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.