Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena on Monday cited AIIMS report ruling out murder in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and slammed those who defamed and targeted the Mumbai Police over its investigations in the case.
The party has also sought an apology from those who ‘defamed’ Maharashtra over the death.
In an editorial of its mouthpiece Saamana, the Shiv Sena said truth finally prevailed in the actor's death case, and alleged that it was a conspiracy to malign Maharashtra’s image using the episode.
It also said the Maharashtra government should file a defamation case against those who were part of the conspiracy.
The medical board of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) last week ruled out murder in Rajput's death and termed it "a case of hanging and death by
Referring to it, the Sena publication said, "Are the blind devotees going to reject the report of AIIMS in connection with Sushant's death? It has been 110 days since Sushant's unfortunate death."
"The politicians and news channels which bark like dogs, who defamed the Mumbai Police and questioned its probe, must apologise to Maharashtra now," the editorial said.
Without naming anyone or any party, it said those who remained tight-lipped in connection with the alleged gang-rape incident in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras should not test the manliness of Maharashtra.
The Mumbai Police observed ethics and maintained secrecy during its probe to see one is not defamed after Rajput's death, but the CBI dug out the actor’s drug episode within 24 hours of its investigation, it said.
It also accused Nitish Kumar and other Bihar politicians of raising the issue since they allegedly lacked campaign issues for the upcoming Assembly polls there.
Those who had pitched for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into Rajput's death case have not questioned the central agency what it has been doing over the past 40 to 50 days, the Marathi publication said.
It also asked where the actress who made capital out of Rajput's death and likened Mumbai to Pakistan is hiding now -- an apparent reference to film star Kangana Ranaut.
"The actress did not shed two tears even using glycerine after a young woman was allegedly raped and killed in Hathras and her body was cremated in the dead of the night by police there," the editorial said.
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