Veteran Maharashtra leader Sharad Pawar sided with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, saying the state police should first be given a chance. He also issued a public reprimand to Parth Pawar, the son of his nephew Ajit Pawar, who had echoed the state's opposition BJP demand for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
"We don't give any importance to what Parth says. It is immature," the 79-year-old said while discussing what has now become a Bihar versus Maharashtra issue.
Bihar has mobilized the Central Bureau of Investigation after Sushant Singh Rajput's family sought one, saying they have no confidence in the investigation by the Mumbai police. Its move has been tagged as political by the Mr Thackeray's Shiv Sena, which accused the Nitish Kumar government of politicizing the issue to seek votes in the coming assembly elections.
"The Bihar government should not have interfered in the matter of Sushant Singh Rajput. Over the last few years, Sushant was a Mumbaikar. Mumbai gave him prosperity and Bihar didn't stand by him during his struggle," an article in Sena mouthpiece Saamna read earlier this week.
"I have full faith in the police in Maharashtra. And if after doing this detailed probe someone wants a probe by the CBI or other agencies then I won't oppose it," Sharad Pawar told reporters today.
"I have known Maharashtra Police and Mumbai Police for 50 years. Have full faith in them. I don't want to go into the allegations. This is not such an important issue," he said, referring to the huge controversy which has now landed in court.