Shiv Sena chief and state minister of tourism and setting Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday described the rumours linking him to the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput as “soiled politics” by the Opposition. The 30-year-old minister mentioned in an announcement launched on social media that he’s not related to Rajput’s demise, which was declared a suicide within the publish mortem report and is the topic of an ongoing investigation by Mumbai Police. In the meantime, the state authorities has reiterated that it’s against transferring the probe into the circumstances surrounding Rajput’s demise to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
On Tuesday, Thackeray issued a strongly-worded assertion in Marathi, through which he mentioned the rumours linking him to Rajput, who died by suicide on June 14, are “mudslinging” by the Opposition.
“Those that are pricked by the success and recognition of the Maharashtra authorities have began soiled politics over the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. Pointless mudslinging is happening at me and the Thackeray household. That is nothing however soiled politics arisen out of frustration,” mentioned Thackeray in his assertion. Referring to current speculations about his shut friendships with folks within the business movie trade, he mentioned, “The movie trade is an integral a part of Mumbai. A number of thousand livelihoods rely on this trade. I’ve private relationships with some from the trade and it’s not a criminal offense.”
In his assertion, Thackeray described the rumours and speculations surrounding Rajput as “politics over the useless” and an assault on humanity. Denying any involvement in Rajput’s demise, Thackaeray mentioned he would by no means do something that may damage the status of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and the Thackeray household.
“I’m not even remotely related to the case. I want to say because the grandson of Hinduruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray that I’ll by no means do something that may damage the status of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and Thackeray household. The people who find themselves levelling baseless allegations ought to perceive this,” Thackeray mentioned within the assertion which he tweeted on Tuesday night.
That is the primary time Thackeray has responded to the rumours implicating him in Rajput’s demise.
Over the previous month, speculations have circulated on social media and a few information media, which hyperlink Thackeray to actor Rhea Chakraborty, who’s believed to have been in a relationship with Rajput. There are additionally allegations of misappropriation of funds levelled towards Chakraborty by Rajput’s household. Among the many allegations to go viral was one which claimed the Maharashtra authorities didn’t wish to switch Rajput’s case to CBI as a result of it needs to guard a “younger politician” who’s implicated within the case.
Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) leaders like Atul Bhatkhalkar and Narayan Rane have overtly alleged Mumbai Police are underneath strain to guard vested political pursuits. On Tuesday, Rane mentioned Mumbai Police was making an attempt to protect somebody by terming Rajput’s demise a suicide and never calling it a “homicide”.
Sena minister Anil Parab on Tuesday challenged the Opposition to indicate proof of Thackeray’s involvement within the case. “Whoever has proof that Aaditya Thackeray is related to the case or he went to some get together, ought to come ahead. That is nothing however an try to malign the picture of the younger chief. The Opposition is enjoying politics preserving the upcoming Bihar elections in thoughts,” Parab mentioned whereas talking to the media in Mumbai.
He additionally responded to former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s spouse Amruta, who had tweeted that she felt Mumbai was now not a “protected” place. “When the federal government modifications, the police drive doesn’t. The identical police offered them safety for 5 years, and they’re protected by the identical police even right this moment. If they don’t have religion within the police any longer, then she ought to gladly depart the state,” Parab mentioned.
In the meantime, after chief minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar mentioned on Tuesday that his authorities has advisable Rajput’s case be transferred to CBI, the Maharashtra authorities reiterated its help of Mumbai Police’s investigation.
Chief secretary Sanjay Kumar mentioned, “Our stand is obvious that we don’t wish to hand over the case to CBI as Mumbai Police is competent to deal with the case. We’ve filed a caveat within the Supreme Court docket [SC] the place it is going to be argued. It’s now as much as the Apex Court docket to determine upon the jurisdiction of the court docket.”
Officers from the house division mentioned that since Rajput’s demise befell in Mumbai, there’s neither motive nor authorized provision for transferring the case to CBI with out the Maharashtra authorities’s permission.
“The primary allegation towards actor Rhea Chakraborty is prohibited switch of the cash and for it, the Enforcement Directorate has already began investigation. Mumbai Police’s investigation is heading in the right direction and has not discovered any substantial to e-book anyone by submitting a primary info report [FIR]. In such a case, the consent of the federal government that has jurisdiction over the place the place the case occurred, is important,” mentioned a state authorities official.
A house division official mentioned the state authorities would oppose the FIR that has been filed in Patna relating to Rajput’s demise, on the premise of jurisdiction. “Rhea Chakraborty has made the petition within the Supreme Court docket for the switch of the case to Mumbai. We are going to deliver to the discover of the Supreme Court docket that it ought to be investigated the place the case has taken place,” mentioned the official.
Nonetheless, Nishant Katneshwarkar, former state authorities counsel in SC, questioned why Mumbai Police had neither filed an FIR nor closed the case. “It’s past creativeness why Mumbai Police has neither filed an FIR nor closed the case if it has not discovered something substantial. However there isn’t a precedent of any state having demanded switch of any case from one state to a different.”