Delhi AIIMS panel submits report on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

CBI wanted the panel to study the autopsy and viscera reports, which the Central probe agency would match with its findings

The CBI had sought the help of AIIMS to ascertain if there was any foul play in the death of the actor who was found hanging at his Bandra residence on June 14

A panel of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi has submitted its findings on the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, sources said.

The panel, headed by Dr Sudhir Gupta, was formed on the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation to study the autopsy and viscera reports.

“A detailed meeting was held today (September 28) during which the AIIMS doctors’ panel submitted its conclusive findings to the CBI,” a source told NDTV. Sources said the conclusions of the AIIMS panel are being corroborated with the CBI findings.

The panel’s findings will be taken as expert opinion and the doctors would be prosecution witnesses, sources said.

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Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai flat on June 14. Though the Mumbai police had said it was a case of suicide, there was speculation that it could be murder. The CBI, which is investigating the case with clearance from the Supreme Court after several twists in the case, said it was covering all aspects of the case.

In a statement on Monday, the CBI said it was conducting a “professional investigation” where “all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out”.

Last week, SSR’s family’s lawyer Vikas Singh had tweeted: “Getting frustrated by the delay in CBI taking a decision to convert abetment to suicide to murder of SSR. The doctor who is part of AIIMS team had told me long back that the photos sent by me indicated 200% that it’s death by strangulation and not suicide.”

He claimed that a doctor who was on the AIIMS panel had shared the findings with him.

Dr Sudhir Gupta had said the panel’s views would be “clear and conclusive based on evidence”. “No conclusive opinion could be made just by seeing pictures,” Dr Gupta had said.

The lawyer of Sushant Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty had demanded a different medical board to maintain impartiality in the investigation, saying the disclosure of a “200 per cent conclusion by an AIIMS doctor in the team headed by Dr Gupta on the basis of photographs is a dangerous trend”.

“To keep the investigations impartial and free from inference, the CBI must constitute a new medical board,” Satish Maneshinde had said, alleging the agencies are being pressured to reach a “pre-determined” result because of the coming elections in Bihar.

Sushant Rajput’s Patna-based family has accused Rhea Chakraborty of mentally harassing the actor, exploiting him for money and having a role in his death. She was arrested on September 9 by the Narcotics Control Bureau, which is investigating the drugs angle in the case, and is in jail.

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Her bail plea will come up before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. Calling her “an active member of a drug syndicate”, the NCB has accused her of organizing drugs for the late actor.

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