Sushant death case: ED quizzes Rhea Chakraborty for 8 hours

Actor reportedly refuses role in siphoning money from late boyfriend’s account; agency to look into her income sources and tax returns

The top court had directed Rajput’s father Krishna Kishore Singh to respond within three days to Chakraborty's plea seeking transfer of an FIR, accusing her of abetting the actor's suicide, from Patna to Mumbai. Photo: PTI

Actor Rhea Chakraborty on Friday (August 8) was questioned by Enforcement Directorate (sleuths) for more than eight hours in a money-laundering case filed by the agency with regard to the death of Bollywood actor, and Rhea’s alleged beau Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rhea reportedly arrived at the ED office in Balard Estate, Mumbai at 11.50 am and left at 8.45 pm.

The agency had earlier turned down Rhea’s request to reschedule the interrogation as the Supreme Court is still hearing her petition.

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According to reports Rhea, her brother Showik and her former manager Shruti Modi were questioned in separate rooms on Friday. Their statements were recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Quoting sources privy to the investigation, Hindustan Times said the agency is probing Rhea’s income tax returns and investments and would also look at her income, business deals and professional deals. Rhea reportedly told investigators that she took around ₹60 lakh home loan for a property (worth ₹84 lakh) that she owns in the Khar area of Mumbai. She said she paid the remaining amount by her own.

The ED’s investigation is based on an FIR filed by Sushant’s father KK Singh who had alleged Rhea to be behind the suspicious transfer of at least ₹15 crore from Sushant’s bank account.

According to HT, Rhea, however, rubbished the allegations during the questioning.

“She has been examined and her statement… (has been) recorded… She’s always cooperated with investigations with police and ED. She’s nothing to hide. In the event she’s called again, she will appear at the appointed time,” Satish Maneshinde, her lawyer and senior counsel was quoted as saying.

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