Rhea Chakraborty Goes To Supreme Court Over "Unfair Media Trial" [10.8.2020]

10.08.2020 [Monday]

New Delhi: 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.
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".

Ms Chakraborty also opposed the CBI probe in this case, pointing out that since the alleged crime happened in Maharashtra the central agency, which has been invited by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, had no jurisdiction.

A CBI probe can only be initiated by the state government within which the alleged crime happened or if it is assigned the case by the High Court or Supreme Court. Neither has happened in this case, so far; the Maharashtra government has refused to call the CBI in at this stage.

Nevertheless, 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".

11 Aug 2020