Bombay High Court stays CBI’s Look-Out Circular against Rhea Chakraborty

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) look-out circular (LOC) against Rhea Chakraborty has been suspended for one week by the Bombay High Court. This will enable the actress, who is a brand ambassador for a pet food company based in Dubai, to travel overseas to attend a meet-and-greet event.

Judge Kamal Khata and Justice Jitendra Shantilal Jain, who made up a vacation bench, approved the suspension so she could go to the Dubai event, which is set for December 27 to January 2.

Chakraborty petitioned the court earlier this month to have the LOC issued in relation to the Patna case pertaining to the actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death suspended. However, the CBI’s objection that Chakraborty was no longer the pet food company’s brand ambassador led a bench of Justices AS Gadkari and Shyam Chandak to deny any immediate relief. The agency continued to verify the legitimacy of the invitation letter Chakraborty had provided, despite the company’s claim that Kiara Advani had been named as the new ambassador.

Advocate Shreeram Shirsat, the CBI’s counsel, reaffirmed the organization’s stance during the hearing: Chakraborty no longer needed to travel overseas and, as a result, the LOC did not need to be suspended. Chakraborty’s attorney, Abhinav Chandrachud, countered that Advani and Chakraborty share the same role as company brand ambassadors.

Concerns were also expressed by the CBI regarding the Mumbai court’s consideration of a petition pertaining to a case that the Delhi CBI was looking into. Nonetheless, the court argued that because the alleged crime took place in Mumbai, it was within its jurisdiction.

Following the controversy and rumors surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June 2020, several agencies, including the CBI and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), opened investigations. The focus of the inquiry has been Rhea Chakraborty, who at the time was romantically involved with Rajput.

Following the filing of a FIR in Patna, which was subsequently transferred to the CBI by the Supreme Court, the CBI got involved. As part of the investigation, LOCs were issued against Rhea and her brother, Showik Chakraborty. Because the LOCs prevented them from traveling overseas, the court had to get involved.

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