No connection with Sushant’s death, says ex-manager Disha Salian’s mother

The team will also quiz Rajput's friend and creative content manager Siddharth Pithani

Disha Salian had died a week before Sushant Singh Rajput did, allegedly due to suicide. Photo: Twitter

The mother of Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex-manager Disha Salian said on Sunday (August 2) that her daughter’s death did not have any connection with the actor’s death.

Disha Salian had died a week before the actor did, allegedly due to suicide.

Disha’s mother told Zee News in an interview, “This cannot have a connection with Sushant’s death, she never took his name. We didn’t know that she was Sushant’s manager. We came to know later. Only once, she had told us that she had gone to Sushant’s house with somebody. How can there be a connection in meeting him just once? She was his manager for a very short time.”

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Her statement comes after the Bihar Police team, which is in Mumbai to investigate the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, said earlier in the day that it will also probe the case of alleged suicide of the actor’s former manager Disha Salian.

The team will also quiz Rajput’s friend and creative content manager Siddharth Pithani, a senior police official had said.

Rajput (34) was found hanging at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14.

Mumbai Police have so far recorded statements of nearly 40 people, including those of Rajput’s family, his cook and people from the film industry.

The Bihar Police team is probing a separate abetment to suicide case on the basis of a complaint filed by the late actor’s father in Patna. “We are going to investigate the suicide case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s former manager Disha Salian, and will also question his friend Siddharth Pithani, who was staying with the actor for the past one year,” Inspector General of Police (Patna zone) Sanjay Singh said.

“Our officials are visiting all possible places related to this case. They had also visited Rajputs residence and recreated the scene. In the coming days, more people are likely to be questioned in the case,” he said.

Salian (28) allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the high-rise building in Malad area here on June 8.

Apart from Rajput, Salian had also managed the work of actors like Bharti Singh, Rhea Chakraborty, and Varun Sharma.

Earlier, Pithani sent an e-mail to the Mumbai Police, alleging that family members of the late Bollywood star pressurised him to give a statement against actress Rhea Chakraborty, an official said.

Till now, the Bihar Police have recorded statements of 10 people in connection with Rajput’s death. A four-member Bihar Police team has requested the Mumbai Police for all documents related to the probe, including reports of the forensic laboratory, inquest, post-mortem, and the relevant CCTV footage. The Bihar Police also want details of all those who were examined by the Mumbai Police and what they said in their statements.

On Tuesday, Rajput’s father Krishna Kumar Singh (74) lodged a complaint in Patna against the late actor’s friend rhea Chakraborty and six others, including her family members, for alleged abetment to suicide.

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

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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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