Bihar has recommended a CBI probe into the mysterious death of beautician Shahnaz Hussain's son Sameer Hussain in Patna, police sources said on Friday.
Sameer, 32, who was president of his mother's company, died on January 6 after falling from the balcony of a third-floor flat owned by his father-in-law Mahfooz Ahmed at Maqbool Apartments on Exhibition Road. Some say he succumbed to injuries after an accidental fall from the apartment while his in-laws claim he had committed suicide.
Shahnaz on Tuesday met chief minister Nitish Kumar to seek a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into her son's death.
According to official sources in the state home department in Patna, the state government on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe.
"A notification has been issued under the Delhi Police Establishment Act, empowering the CBI to take over the investigation and copies of the notification have been sent to the central ministry of personnel and the CBI director," an official said.
Sameer's widow Rabiya Hussain broke her silence for the first time on Thursday and welcomed the CBI probe.
"I welcome a CBI probe because I have nothing to hide," she said.
However, she added her celebrity mother-in-law was trying to harass her. Shahnaz has refuted reports that her son was depressed and committed suicide.
"He was neither suffering from depression, nor was he an alcoholic or drug addict. He was a normal boy of his age and deeply religious," Shahnaz said on Tuesday after visiting the grave of her son in Phulwarisharief on the outskirts of Patna.
She also denied that her relationship with Sameer or his wife Rabiya was strained.
However, sources said that during her two visits to the apartment complex where Sameer had fallen to his death she refused to meet her daughter-in-law and granddaughter.