Mumbai gave Sushant prosperity, Bihar didn't stand by him during his struggle, says Shiv Sena

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Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput

Mumbai : The clash between Bihar and Maharashtra governments over a CBI probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death sparked after Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena hit back at the Nitish Kumar government for ordering an investigation by the agency.

According to an article in Sena mouthpiece Saamna, “Over the last few years, Sushant was a Mumbaikar. Mumbai gave him prosperity and Bihar didn't stand by him during his struggle," 

Bihar had asked for CBI investigation last week, citing Sushant Singh Rajput's family sought a probe by the agency. Both state governments had faced strong criticism for not seeking CBI help. In Bihar, Nitish Kumar's government faced opposition gibes. In Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray government was targeted by the BJP, which is part of Bihar's ruling alliance. 

The Bihar government came on the front-foot after Sushant Rajput's family filed a case against his friend Rhea Chakraborty, accusing her of financially defrauding the actor.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.

"The Bihar police is not Interpol. Mumbai police is investigating the matter and another state should not have gotten involved in this... Everyone deserves to know the truth, but it is not true that only the CBI or the Bihar police can find it out," the Saamna article read. 

The Sena article also hit out at Bihar Police chief Gupteshwar Pandey, quoting the local media to accuse him of seeking to stand in elections with BJP and JD(U) ticket. "It is laughable that he who accepted BJP candidature is now raising questions on Mumbai Police," the article read.

The CBI is a "central agency but it is not independent or unbiased", the article said.