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Sushant case: Bihar cops: Rhea 'under watch'

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Last updated on: August 01, 2020 18:38 IST
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'Even though a lot of horrible things are being said about me on the electronic media,' says Rhea Chakraborty, 'I refrain from commenting on the advice of my lawyers.'
'Satyamev Jayate, the truth shall prevail.'

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The Bihar police, who are in Mumbai to investigate an 'abetment to suicide' case related to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, said they are keeping a watch on his friend, actor Rhea Chakraborty.

The four-member Bihar police team arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday, July 29, to probe the 'abetment to suicide' case registered against Chakraborty and others in Patna.

On Saturday, August 1, the team visited the Bandra police station in north west Mumbai in connection with the investigation.

When asked whether Chakraborty would be interrogated, a Bihar police official said, "It is not required as of now. But she is under our watch."

Another member of the visiting team said they have sent Chakraborty a notice under Criminal Proedure Code sections, asking her to cooperate with the police in the probe.

The Bihar police team has so far recorded the statements of six people, an official said on Saturday.

"Till now, the police team from Bihar has met the late actor's friends, colleagues and relatives. They have recorded the statements of six persons -- Rajput's sister, who stays in Versova (north west Mumbai), former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande, a cook, his friends and colleagues," the official said.

The police team is also likely to question members of Rajput's staff, he said, adding that some of them had been changed.

"They also gathered information about Rajput's various bank accounts and also visited the banks to look into the financial transactions," he said.

The visiting team had on Friday visited the Mumbai police crime branch office to submit an application seeking the Mumbai police's assistance in probing the case.

Krishna Kumar Singh, Rajput's father, had lodged a complaint against Chakraborty and six others, including her family members, for alleged abetment to suicide, in Patna on Tuesday, July 28.

The Patna case was registered under various IPC sections including 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 306 (abetment of suicide).

Singh accused Chakraborty, a TV and film actor, of having befriended his son in May 2019 with the intention of furthering her own career.

Rajput was found hanging in his apartment on June 14. The Mumbai police, who are already investigating the alleged suicide by the actor, have questioned several people from the film industry in connection with the case.

Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi demanding justice for her brother.

Shweta posted a brief note on her social media handles, requesting the PM to look into the her brother's death and ensure that there is no tampering with the evidence.

'We are from a very simple family. My brother had no godfather when he was in Bollywood nor do we have anyone right now,' Kirti stated.

'My request to you is to immediately look into this case and make sure that everything is handled in a sanitised way and no evidences are tampered with. Expecting justice to prevail,' she wrote.

In her post on Instagram, Kirti said she believes in the judicial system and expects "justice at any cost".

Ankita Lokhande, who dated Sushant for over six years till 2016 after working with him on the hit TV soap Pavitra Rishta, commented '#satyamevajayate' on Shweta's post.

On Friday, Ankita told a television news channel that she stands with Sushant's family in these testing times and wants to know the reason behind his death.

Meanwhile, Rhea broke her silence on Friday evening and released a statement through her lawyers, saying that she had 'immense faith' in the judiciary and believes she will get justice.

'Even though a lot of horrible things are being said about me on the electronic media, I refrain from commenting on the advice of my lawyers as the matter is sub judice. Satyamev Jayate, the truth shall prevail,' Rhea added.

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