SSR case: Rhea approaches Supreme Court, alleging media trial
Actor Rhea Chakraborty, an accused in the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, on Monday filed a fresh affidavit in Supreme Court, alleging "unfair" trial by media in the case. The development has come a day before the top court is to hear an earlier petition by Rhea, where she has sought transfer of case against her from Patna to Mumbai. Here's more.
The issue is blown out of proportion in media: Rhea
"The issue is blown out of proportion in media. Media channels are examining and cross-examining all the witnesses in the case. Petitioner has already been convicted by the media even before foul play in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput is established," Rhea's affidavit reads. The actor also said that she was afraid of becoming the "scapegoat of political agendas."
Meanwhile, CBI will record statements of Sushant's family members
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), that has been tasked with probing actor Sushant's death case will also record statements of the late actor's family members, according to reports. The case was transferred from the Bihar Police to the central agency last week. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also questioning Rhea and others in Mumbai.
CBI may record KK Singh's statement today
According to reports, CBI officials will likely record the statement of Sushant's father, KK Singh, today. To recall, Singh had filed an FIR against Sushant's alleged girlfriend, actor Rhea Chakraborty and her family members in July. He has accused her of fraud and driving the late actor to suicide. The statement of Sushant's sisters will also be recorded later.
Shiv Sena said Sushant didn't share good relations with father
Separately, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has claimed that KK Singh's alleged "second marriage" was not acceptable to Sushant and hence they did not share good relations. However, Sushant's family has said his claims are fake and demanded an apology from the Sena MP.
Officials will also meet Bihar Police team who probed case
Further, officials of the central investigating agency will also meet the four-member Bihar Police team that had gone to Mumbai to probe the case following KK Singh's complaint. The team had recorded statements of 10 persons in connection with the case. The CBI will also reportedly send Sushant's autopsy report to forensic experts at CFSL and AIIMS to seek another opinion.
Meanwhile, ED is questioning Rhea and others
In fact, the Enforcement Directorate, swung into action and filed a money laundering case, after KK Singh alleged that Rs. 15 crore were suspiciously transferred from Sushant's accounts. The agency also questioned Rhea, her brother Showik, and father Indrajit at its Mumbai office. They were questioned last week as well. Sushant's former business manager Shruti Modi and friend Siddharth Pithani are also being interrogated.
Didn't use Sushant's money, Rhea earlier told ED
On August 7, during her first round of questioning by ED, Rhea was interrogated about her income, business and professional deals. However, the 28-year-old actor told officials that she never used Sushant's money for any of her investments or expenses, per reports.
Rhea's petition in SC to be heard tomorrow
Notably, Rhea has opined that the CBI should stay away from the case until the Supreme Court hearing on her plea is completed. She has filed a petition in SC, seeking transfer of case against her from Patna to Mumbai. The hearing is scheduled to take place on August 11. KK Singh has also filed a counter-affidavit in SC against Rhea's plea.
Sushant was found dead at Mumbai home on June 14
Sushant was found dead at his apartment in Mumbai on June 14. Citing initial evidence, the police had termed it a case of suicide. The actor had been suffering from clinical depression for the past few months, medical reports have suggested. Having started out as a television actor, Sushant starred in movies such as PK, M.S. Dhoni, Kedarnath, Sonchiriya, and Dil Bechara, among others.