- NL Sena
The court transferred the case to the CBI which, according to Republic, means the Mumbai police commissioner should resign.
For the past few weeks now, a section of TV news channels have been running non-stop campaigns on the Mumbai police's investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Then there was Republic, which produced "20 cover-ups" by the Mumbai police. It's coverage was relentless: Can the Mumbai police be trusted? Did the Mumbai police "tamper" with Rajput's diary? Did the Mumbai police not share digital evidence? Is the Mumbai police under pressure?
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. It culminated in Republic's "global campaign" to get the CBI to investigate the case, so that a "nexus" does not "mislead [us] from the full truth".
Here's Republic explaining the campaign in its own words: "Republic Media Network is in the pursuit of the truth. The network has carried out deep investigations, confronted key witnesses, accessed crucial primary testimonies, stung multiple key individuals and exposed the botch-ups of the Mumbai Police; and will continue to do so until the truth emerges, in its entirety."
The channel got its wish earlier today, when the Supreme Court transferred the investigation to the CBI. But crucially, the court said that records of the case produced before it “does not prima facie suggest any wrongdoing by the Mumbai Police".
It did, however, note that the Mumbai police's "obstruction to the Bihar police team...could have been avoided".
The order concluded: "The Police at Mumbai were conducting only a limited inquiry into the cause of unnatural death...and therefore, it cannot be said with certainty at this stage that they will not undertake an investigation on the other aspects of the unnatural death, by registering a FIR."
Republic, unsurprisingly, took this to mean that the Mumbai police commissioner should resign. Here's the clip, because words don't do it justice.
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