Mumbai, July 31
Actor’s friend Sushant Singh Rajput sent an email to Mumbai police, alleging that members of the family of the late Bollywood star pressured him to make a statement against actress Rhea Chakraborty, an official said Friday.
The alleged mail was sent by Rajput’s friend Siddharth Pithani to the Bandra Police official email address on July 28, the official said.
“In the mail, Siddharth said he received conference calls from Rajput family members and an unknown number on July 22, asking him questions about Rhea Chakraborty and her expenses while staying at the Mont Blanc apartment ( in Bandra) with the late actor, “he said.
“He said that on July 27, he again received a phone call, in which a Rajput family member asked him to give a statement against Rhea Chakraborty to the Bihar police,” the official added.
“Siddharth said that the family member told him that he would soon receive a phone call. Accordingly, he received a call from an unknown WhatsApp number, which ended in 40 seconds and was therefore unable to give any statement,” he said. the official.
Pithani, who was the roommate of the late actor, alleged in the email that he was being pressured to record a statement against Chakraborty about things he was unaware of, he said.
Rajput’s father Krishna Kumar Singh (74) had filed a complaint against Chakraborty, the deceased actor’s friend and six others, including his family, for alleged incitement to suicide, in Patna on Tuesday.
Singh accused Chakraborty, a budding film and television actor, of having befriended his son in May 2019 with the intention of promoting his own career.
Meanwhile, the Bihar police team in Mumbai to investigate the Patna-registered FIR against Chakraborty, recorded on Thursday the statement of Rajput’s ex-girlfriend, Ankita Lokhande, in which she said the deceased actor was not depressed said another official.
The Bihar police team is likely to question Rajput’s friends and colleagues, the official said.
Bihar police began the process of scrutinizing Rajput’s financial transactions and bank account details on Thursday as part of their investigation into his alleged suicide here last month.
The Bihar police team, which arrived here on Wednesday, visited various locations, including the Chakraborty residence.
Mumbai police, who are already investigating the alleged suicide, have questioned several people in the film industry regarding the case.
Rajput, 34, was found hanging in his apartment in the Bandra suburbs on June 14.
Rajput starred in films like “Shuddh Desi Romance”, “Raabta”, “Kedarnath”, “Chhichhore” and “Sonchiriya”. His most prominent role was that of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”. PTI