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Bombay high court criticizes issuance of LOC against Rhea Chakraborty and others

Bombay High Court dismissed the Look Out Circulars (LOC) issued by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against actor Rhea Chakraborty and her family.

The Bombay High Court invalidated the Look Out Circulars (LOCs) issued by the CBI against Rhea Chakraborty and her family concerning the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, emphasizing that the mere registration of an FIR does not warrant the issuance of an LOC. "The court emphasized that the Look Out Circular (LOC) cannot linger indefinitely, particularly in this instance, where it extended for over 3½ years. Despite the petitioners' cooperation with the investigation, a fact undisputed, the court highlighted that the fundamental right to travel cannot be restricted except through a due process established by law." Justices Revati Mohite Dere and Manjusha Deshpande, presiding over a division bench, granted the petitions submitted by Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, and their parents, Indrajit and Sandhya, to annul the LOCs issued against them in 2020. The court acknowledged the Chakrabortys' cooperation with the CBI's investigation, highlighting their prompt attendance at the CBI office whenever summoned, and found no evidence of attempts to evade arrest or summons on their part. CORAM: REVATI MOHITE DERE & MANJUSHA DESHPANDE, JJ.

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