New Delhi: The Supreme Court denied Wednesday any interim protection to Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. Rhea Chakraborty’s counsel contended before Justice Hrishikesh Roy that his client needs interim protection. The protection is from questioning in the case registered by the Bihar Police. But, the top court did not grant any relief.
As counsel for Rhea pressed for interim protection, the judge replied: “We want all parties to hold their hand for the time being. Lawyers are here and I am sure they have all heard you.”
Rhea’s plea for interim protection was vehemently opposed by senior advocate Vikas Singh. He was appearing for Sushant’s father KK Singh.
Vikas Singh mentioned the quarantining of the Bihar police officer Vinay Tiwari. He had been sent to assist the team sent earlier. Singh argued that the entire attempt of the Mumbai police is to destroy the evidence. They are doing so by disabling the police team from Patna. He also asked the top court for a direction to Mumbai police to assist their Bihar counterparts till the next date of hearing on the matter.
Vikas, opposed the contention of Rhea Chakraborty’s counsel for interim protection. He reiterated that evidence is being tampered with. He said that after the Centre has accepted the Bihar government recommendation seeking a CBI probe into the matter, her petition doesn’t even survive.
Vikas contended that Rhea’s plea for transfer of the case from Patna to Mumbai is also not maintainable. He said the case is at investigation stage and not before a court.
Af1ter the top court denied interim protection to Rhea in the matter, she cannot cite pendency of the transfer plea in the apex court.
Vikas also contended that if the CBI were not to take up the matter, then the Bihar police’s investigation into the case must continue. It should receive cooperation in all respect.
The top court has scheduled the matter for further hearing next week.