'Rebel' Parth Pawar

NCP leader Parth Pawar has endorsed the Supreme Court's order to transfer the Sushant Singh Rajput death case to CBI.

'Rebel' Parth Pawar

“Satyamev Jayate,” wrote Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Parth Pawar on his twitter handle minutes after Supreme Court directed the Mumbai Police to hand over all evidence collected in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Bihar government’s order to transfer the SSR death case to CBI. The bench found no fault in the FIR registered in Bihar against actress Rhea Chakraborty and her family members. 

The court said that Bihar Police had jurisdiction to register FIR at the complaint of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father. A single bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy held the transfer of the case to CBI valid. 

In its order, the apex court noted whether Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise was the result of any criminal act must be determined. Highlighting that both Maharashtra and Bihar have made allegations of political interference, the SC said that an impartial probe is the need of the hour. 

Parth Pawar’s remarks in favour of the Supreme Court’s decision to transfer the SSR death case to CBI portray him as a rebel in the NCP. Some may say that his stance goes against the party line. Earlier, Parth had written a letter to Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh demanding the SSR death case to be transferred to CBI. 

However, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had slammed his grandnephew saying that he doesn’t value what Parth has to say and called him “immature”. This triggered speculations that all is not well in the Pawar family. Parth is the son Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who had joined hands with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form the government last year. 

After Pawar senior’s remarks on his grandnephew, Ajit Pawar rushed to meet the NCP chief. Later, Supriya Sule also met her cousin (Ajit) at Mantralaya. Parth also went to Silver Oak to meet his granduncle to explain his position but wasn’t able to meet the NCP patriarch. It is learnt that he had a chat with Supriya Sule for about two hours. 

Parth and Ajit Pawar chose to remain silent before the media. Meanwhile, BJP leaders including Nitesh Rane came out in his support and said that he is not a child. He accused the NCP chief of mistreating his grandnephew. Even, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale also supported Parth's demand.

Now, his endorsement to the Supreme Court’s decision clearly indicates that his stance differs from that of his party. The SC order is seen as a huge blow to the three-party alliance in Maharashtra. 

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