Sushant and Rhea
Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakaraborty. Photo: Instagram

Sushant’s father accuses actor’s girlfriend Rhea of theft in fresh FIR

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case has taken a new turn with his father
lodging an FIR against his rumoured actor girlfriend Rhea Chakaraborty and six others, including her family members, for abetment to suicide, police said on Tuesday (July 28).

The late actor’s father KK Singh lodged an FIR with Rajiv Nagar police station under various sections of IPC including 306 (abetment of suicide) on July 25, Additional SHO Jogendra Kumar said. The case was filed in Patna as the 74-year-old man said he could not go to Mumbai to fight the case citing health issues.

A four-member team of Patna police is in Mumbai for investigation.

Mumbai police is already probing the alleged suicide case, and has questioned several Bollywood bigwigs including film-makers Mahesh Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Rhea Chakraborty has also recorded her statement.

The case has been lodged under various sections of IPC including 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling
house), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 306 (abetment of suicide).

“Sushant’s father has made a serious charge against Rhea and her family. He has alleged that she had kept Sushant away from his family and completely in her possession. She was also handling his bank account. It was also reported that crores of rupees were withdrawn from his bank account,” said Sanjay Singh, inspector general of police (Patna Central Zone), Hindustan Times reported.

In the FIR he stated that on June 8 when Rhea found that his son’s bank balance was going down, she left with cash, jewellery, laptop, credit card, its PIN number and password and important documents and doctors’ receipts. She also allegedly threatened Sushant that she would show his medical receipts to the media and would prove him mad, thereby destroying his career.

The actor, aged 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14. Several political leaders and film personalities have
demanded a CBI probe into his death.

Rajput’s suspected death by suicide has also triggered a debate on alleged nepotism and favouritism in the Hindi film industry. Several top production houses had allegedly boycotted the Patna-born actor, causing him distress and compelling him to end his life.

(With inputs from agencies)

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