On Monday, Bombay High Court observed that prima facie there is a case against Priyanka Singh, sister of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh in FIR lodged by rhea Chakraborthy that alleged criminal conspiracy and abetment to suicide.
However, the Court quashed proceedings against Meetu Singh (another Sushant Singh’s sister) named in the FIR.
Hon’ble Court observed that the FIR would survive against Priyanka Singh and Dr Tarun Kumar whose prescription Priyanka procured medicines for Sushant Singh.
FIR in the case was registered at the insistence of Rhea against the sisters and Dr Kumar u/s 420, 306 Indian Penal Code, as well as offences related to the NDPS Act.
In the complaint, Chakraborthy alleged that Priyanka had provided Sushant with medicines that ultimately led to his death. In defence, the sisters stated that there are discrepancies in the Chakraborthy’s statement, and the complaint was filed to digress the investigation.
The sisters further stated that the FIR was lodged after 91-day delay and the medical prescription in question was covered under Telemedicine Guidelines and Telepsychiatry Operational Guidelines. They also stated that there is zero evidence to prove the allegations and the FIR was filed with an ulterior motive. According to them, there was undue media attention on them, and the case has been sensationalised.
However, the CBI in its reply stated that Mumbai police should not have registered the FIR as two FIRs cannot be registered to report one crime.
Mumbai Poice defended their decision and stated that the FIRs were against different accused and different version of conspiracy is alleged. So, the registration FIRs did not violate the fundamental right of the accused.
In the original complaint, Charaborthy stated that she told Sushant that he should only take medicines prescribed by his doctors. However, he insisted on taking medicines sent by his sister. She further claimed that he said medicines were controlled under NDPS act and were sent illegally.