Monday , May 20 2024

High Court cancels lookout notice against Riya and her brother and father

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has quashed the look-out circular issued by the CBI against actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and their father Indrajit Chakraborty during the investigation into the death of actor Shashant Singh Rajput.

The court said in the order that the LOC against the three has been cancelled. We are rejecting the arguments of CBI. Bombay High Court in Thursday's order said that it is needless to say that the authorities can impose LOC whenever the circumstances arise.

CBI sought four weeks' time to challenge the order in the Supreme Court, which was rejected by the High Court.

Under LOC, a person is prevented from going abroad without the prior permission of the court. Due to this, Riya faced obstacles in going abroad for work, hence the application for cancellation of LOC was made on 8 February. The court reserved its decision on the petition.

The court questioned the CBI's argument that how appropriate is it to issue LOC just because an FIR has been registered. Jurisdiction is also another issue as the FIR has been registered in Patna. The case was registered on a complaint by Rajput's family before the CBI took over the case in Delhi. Mumbai is the right place to register the case because Rhea and Sushant live in Mumbai and the CBI is also investigating here and the alleged crime took place in Mumbai.

Similarly, the counsel appearing for Showik and his father also talked about jurisdiction and said that LOC is issued only when there is evidence that the accused is actively evading arrest, which is not the case in this case. Is.

Expressing concern over the delay, the court said that the case is pending since 2020 and the CBI has not even filed the charge sheet. This is not a financial scam, the matter should be closed somewhere. In one case, a witness could not go abroad to earn livelihood after the LOC was issued. If there is such a case then which witnesses will come forward? What is the danger of cancellation of LoC? The court asked this question.