The honorable Justice Hrishikesh Roy of the Supreme Court politely chided while noting that the “steps taken” in the Sushant Singh Rajput murder investigation is merely an initial inquest into establishing the non-cognizable offence of ‘Nepotism’. Incidentally, no FIR can be filed on this issue by Mumbai Police.
Journalists are familiar with the adage – The camera never lies!
This was proved by fans of the late actor who are now valiantly monikered as Warriors4SSR.
Under whose inescapable scrutiny several glaring lapses in the crime scene, including inconsistent deeds by several officers and others present at the scene, were repeatedly highlighted. Their indignation was further aggravated by continual attempts of political powers in Maharashtra to deliberately dress this sinister act of a planned murder as suicide out of depression.
Credit must be given where it is due. During these times of Covid-19 #Warriors4SSR protested peacefully and responsibly on the roads of Bihar (without damaging public property nor causing any inconvenience) and in a few other cities vociferously demanding JusticeForSushantSinghRajput. Whilst in the rest of the country they also raised their voices on several social media outlets such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram etc.
Soon in early July their clamor for justice were heard by eminent personalities such as Dr. Subramaniam Swamy of the BJP and Ishkaran Singh Bhandari, Supreme Court Lawyer. And further by Republic Network and Times Now. Arnab Goswami of Republic and Rahul Shivshankar of Timesnow have become role models for teenage fans of the late actor for steadfastly pursuing justice under the power-hungry noses of MahaVikasAghadi, who were disdainfully propelling the suicide narrative on the family and fans of the late endearing actor.
The fourth pillar of democracy played a stellar role by carrying out their own investigations. They succeeded in exposing several inconsistent statements of Sandeep Singh, Siddhart Pithani and a few others with whom Sushant spent his last hours. The media also reported on how a threat to the late actor’s life was reported to the Mumbai Police as early as February 2020 was ignored, leading to his untimely demise on 14 th June 2020.
Shockingly, the bonhomie of the main accused Rhea Chakraborty, the farcically devious live-in lover of the late actor, and the culpable Mumbai Police was witnessed across the nation. The capitulation of the Mumbai Police under perceived political pressure of the State began finally hinting at collusion with the culprits, eroding the confidence of Indians locally and shaming us globally.
Eventually, post some efficient investigations by Bihar Police under the leadership of DGP Gupteshwar Pandey aided by political maneuvering between Bihar state government and the Centre to prevent miscarriage of justice in Maharashtra. This matter was brought to the Supreme Court by filing ‘Zero FIR’. This is certainly unprecedented.
The opponents’ arguments on jurisdiction were merely to reserve their fundamental right to transfer the case to CBI if need be, of their own volition, showed their desperation when their affidavit matched verbatim with that of the accused Rhea Chakraborty. It is crucial to mention the astounding paradox of Rhea, who weeks before had tweeted to the Union Home Minister asking for CBI probe, stood in the Supreme Court to meekly challenge the very same request.
Thankfully, the single-judge bench of Honorable Justice Hrishikesh Roy, took recourse to the court’s plenary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, and to quote from para 39 of the Verdict - “As noted earlier, as because both states (Bihar and Maharashtra) are making acrimonious allegations of political interference against each other, the legitimacy of the investigation has come under a cloud.Accusing fingers are being pointed and people have taken the liberty to put out their own conjectures and theories. Such comments, responsible or otherwise, have led to speculative public discourse which have hogged media limelight.These developments unfortunately have the propensity to delay and misdirect theinvestigation. In such situation, there is reasonable apprehension of truth being a casualty and justice becoming a victim.”
The CBI finally stepped in taking over the investigation based on the ‘Zero FIR’ filed by Patna Police. This was aided due to Mumbai Police’s failure in filing a FIR. How could they? when they were desperately trying to shield the culprits in this double murder case! Indeed, as per news reports Disha Salian, Sushant’s Business Manager too died mysteriously and by many witness accounts it is reported that these two cases are inextricably linked allegedly involving the son of a leading political family from Mumbai.
The naysayers, especially Maharashtra government will argue on the efficacy of the CBI considering the Jiah Khan case and Arushi Talwar case. In the latter case the careless attitude of the Noida Police destroyed 90% of the forensic evidence. While, in Jiah Khan case, the political pressure exerted by the state and pressure from a prominent ‘Human’ superstar of Bollywood has unethically delayed justice to her family.
Undoubtedly, the Sushant Singh case probe will not be like Narendra Dabholkar’s 2013 murder, which remains unresolved. During the time of Dabholkar incident it was NCP-Congress government in the state and their ally UPA at the centre, which is slyly not mentioned by NCP supremo Pawar. However, this time the dynamics are different. Those with a reasonable knowledge of Indian politics knows the might of Dr.Swamy and his penchant for justice. He tweeted:
Waterloo marked the horrific defeat of French Emperor Napolean Bonaparte, while the Watergate scandal annihilated the career and legacy of American President Richard Nixon. Precisely why this tweet has the trio of Superstar Bollywood lobby, Mumbai Police and Maharashtra State government terrified enough to bring out NCP supremo Sharad Pawar to the forefront. Their worries have been further confounded by the 15 member CBI Team that landed in Mumbai yesterday. Never in history has such a large team of CBI officers ever
been deployed for a murder case. Reports suggest that the Bollywood PR team has been activated to save a nascent starlet like Rhea, whose claim to ill-fame is as the chief accused in the murder of Sushant Singh Rajput. Thus proving Dr.Swamy’s point that Sushant Singh Rajput’s case is an exception to the norm. The move to appoint CBI by the Supreme Court has rekindled hopes amongst the masses that justice will surely be done. The late actor’s family, fans and masses are aware this could be a long laborious war, one they are determined to win.
Why are they unflinchingly determined to win it for SSR Bhai? (as he was fondly called by many of his friends and fans). Is it because like most of them he shared their penchant for brilliant discussions on academics, hard work and a ‘never give up’ attitude combined with sensitivity, humility, compassion, spirituality, and benevolence? It is a combination of all these that is at the core of every middleclass upbringing. Hence, the fans are rightfully outraged at the lack of compassion from his peers. You see, freedom, justice, compassion, and empathy are the binding values that universally unifies us all.
Perhaps most of the Bollywood lobby have neither the education nor sensitivity to identify with this value, or they are simply indifferent, or may be both. Either ways, this case has rudely pulled off the veils exposing with severity, that reel-life heroes are seldom real-life heroes. Apart from Kangana Ranaut, Shekar Suman, Ankita Lokhande and Tarun Khanna no notable A list celebrities raised their voices for justice, until after 60 days. Justice delayed is justice denied but denying the acknowledgement of injustice is inhumane. The fans are in no mood to forgive the fallen stars and rightfully so.
Today I pray with you all. May all obstacle on the noble path of harmonious, happy, healthy, living, laughter, love and justice be removed decisively. So we may feel that charming smile of Sushant starting down at us.
Jai Vigneshwara! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
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