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MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indias federal investigative agency will penetrate the death of a Bollywood actor, its leading prosecutor said on Wednesday, the newest twist to a dirty case that was reported as a suicide and has actually controlled Indian social media for over a month.
Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead at his house in Mumbai on June 14 which cops called an “unintentional death”. Regional media said he was found hanging from the ceiling and described his death as a suicide.
Rajputs death has triggered heated debate on prime-time show news channels and conspiracy theories on social media.
His family had actually also asked for a federal examination into the elements causing his death, and a tug-of-war between two state federal governments over the matter has actually muddied the waters more.
On Wednesday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Indian Supreme court that the federal government had actually authorized a demand from the federal government of Bihar, Rajputs house state, to turn the questions over to the federal investigation company (CBI).
The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, had actually refused to transfer the case to the CBI from local authorities, saying it did not necessitate a federal query.
Bihar, where Prime Minister Narendra Modis Bharatiya Janata Party shares power with an ally, is set to go to polls later this year, while Maharashtra, Indias wealthiest state, is ruled by a coalition of 3 opposition parties.
Rajput, a TV star who came from a middle-class family, was an uncommon outsider who discovered success in Bollywood, an industry known for being insular and long dominated by several families.
In the days after his death, numerous market experts, consisting of actress Kangana Ranaut, accused Bollywood of pressing Rajput to the emotional brink by denying him acting opportunities.
Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty and Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Mark Heinrich
SUBMIT PICTURE: Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput (centre) performs at the International Indian Film Academy Awards in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S., July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney