Why Bihar Police may have a case to launch probe into Sushant Singh Rajput death

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New Delhi: The death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput has led to a battle of jurisdictions between the police forces of Maharashtra, where he died, and Bihar, where he belonged. 

Mumbai Police claims it has the exclusive right to investigate the death since it occurred in the Maharashtra capital, while Bihar Police cited an FIR registered by Sushant’s father to launch its own investigation before the state government recommended a CBI probe.

The jurisdictional battle has triggered a slugfest as the two states are led by rival political formations, also fuelling a debate on the legal soundness of the claims coming from both sides.  

So, which of these claims is correct and who has the right to investigate the Sushant Singh Rajput case? Here’s an analysis of the legal position.

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Mumbai Police’s inquest proceedings 

Sushant Singh Rajput’s body was found at his apartment in Bandra (Mumbai) on 14 June 2020. Mumbai Police subsequently began inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). 

Section 174 pertains to cases where the officer in charge of a police station receives information about a suicide, accident, or unnatural death. 

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