Gupteshwar Pandey, DGP Bihar on the Sushant Singh deTH case: “We requested BMC to exempt IPS officer Vinay Tiwari from being quarantined. We told them at least send him back as he is an IPS officer. This is not a professional behaviour. This officer is being kept as if he has been arrested.
“Rhea Chakraborty is not in touch with us. She is absconding, she is not coming forward. We don’t have any information about she being in touch with even Mumbai police.”
During the hearing in the Supreme Court, senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, said he has no difficulty if the apex court examines the case but no protective order should be passed in favour of Chakraborty.
Singh alleged that Maharashtra Police is destroying the evidence in the case and for the time being, they should be directed to cooperate with Bihar Police in the ongoing probe.
Senior advocate R Basant, appearing for Maharashtra, told the bench that Patna Police has no jurisdiction to either lodge an FIR or investigate the matter and this has been made a political case. “The incident of quarantining a police officer (of Bihar) has not sent a good message,” the bench observed, adding that the Mumbai Police has good professional reputation. “Kindly ensure that everything is done in accordance with law,” the bench said.
The Maharashtra government told the bench, “We are doing quite a professional job and it is inappropriate that Mumbai Police is being accused like this.”