Who was giving death threats to Pratyusha Banerjee, lawyer on demand of fresh investigation

Five things that have shocked Pratyusha Banerjee's parents about their daughter from the call details which got revealed.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2016 5:31 pm
Pratyusha Banerjee, Pratyusha Banerjee mother, Pratyusha Banerjee parents The parents of TV star Pratyusha Banerjee, who allegedly committed suicide, have written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting for a probe by Mumbai Police Crime Branch into her death.

After the transcript of actor Pratyusha Banerjee’s last call to boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh surfaced on Friday, her parents demanded a re-investigation into her alleged suicide case. The transcript hints that the actor was pushed into prostitution and also mentions that she was getting death threats.

Indianexpress.com spoke to Neeraj Gupta, the lawyer of Pratyusha’s parents, about the reason behind a re-investigation and Rahul’s claims that Pratyusha’s father called her a ‘prostitute’. This is what he said.


1. The demand for a fresh investigation.

“They did not focus on certain aspects from where they would have got evidence. But they left them intentionally. The chargesheet is also not proper. They have only done investigation as a formality. Things like the time of death and Rahul said he was with her at the time of her death. His version is different from what actually transpired. Also, there are a few differences between what he said and what the chargesheet says. Why weren’t these discrepancies investigated?” Gupta said.

2. The transcript reveals that Pratyusha said she is getting threats from someone.

Gupta said that they want a probe into the matter. “The third person who Pratyusha mentions and says she is getting threats from, who is that person? What secrets did Pratyusha have that she was so scared?” he pointed out.

3. The call details hinted that Rahul was forcing her into prostitution, which is why “she was tensed.”

Gupta added that Pratyusha’s father did not need to give any justification over Rahul’s allegation that he called his daughter a prostitute. “Whatever he is saying, he doesn’t have any evidence to support it. He is twisting the fact. If one reads the transcript it is clear who she is referring to while talking about prostitution. So, we don’t need to give any justification for that,” the lawyer said.

4. Pratyusha did not even allow her parents into her house. They had no clue if she was being forced into prostitution.

“As far as parents are concerned, the father, who used to give tuitions to earn his living, how would he say such a thing about his daughter? Also, Rahul never let them meet Pratyusha. She had herself asked them not to come to her house. So, they did not know anything. Rahul and Pratyusha used to live together and her parents used to object to his activities and then he asked her not to call them to the house,” he said.

5. The parents are in a state of shock after they read the transcript.

“They are very hurt. They can’t even think something (like prostitution). People of a dignified family will never call their daughter something like that. It wasn’t as if they had no money before Pratyusha started earning. They brought her up so they had enough money,” he said.

While Pratyusha’s suicide case has remained a mystery ever since her demise in April this year, the latest call details have revealed some shocking things. More than simplifying the investigation, it has made it more complex.

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