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Sushant Singh Rajput: Family feared actor’s life was ‘going downhill’ months before his death

While the jurisdiction tussle between the Mumbai police and Bihar police continues in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday denied any involvement in the case.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 6, 2020 8:03:26 pm
sushant singh rajput Here’s what has happened in the Sushant Singh Rajput case so far. (Photo: Instagram/sushantsinghrajput)

The death case of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput is turning a new corner every day. On Tuesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that his government has sent a recommendation for a CBI probe into the case. This came after Sushant’s father spoke to the Bihar DGP and gave his consent for a CBI probe. Nitish Kumar shared on Twitter, “The state government has sent its recommendation for a CBI probe into the FIR registered by Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh.”

Meanwhile, Bihar Police has recorded the statement of Siddharth Pithani, Sushant’s friend and creative content manager. They also recorded the statement of the actor’s manager Deepesh Sawant.

Aaditya Thackeray also released a statement on the case that read, “I am not even remotely related to this matter. In fact, Bollywood is one of the most important parts of Mumbai city, thousands of people depend on it for their daily bread and butter. Obviously, I am closely related to many of them, and there is nothing wrong in it. Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise is not only very unfortunate but is also very tragic. Maharashtra police is investigating the matter. But those people who don’t believe in law and order are the same people who are talking in such a nonsensical manner. And while making wild allegations, are trying to mislead the investigation.”

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“The people who are making baseless allegations should take note of this. Whoever has any kind of information regarding the case, they should only share it with the police. I assure you that police will definitely investigate whatever comes to their knowledge. Till now, I have been very patient regarding this matter. People should not be under the false impression that they can defame the government and the Thackeray family with their baseless allegations,” it further read.

On Tuesday, Mumbai Police appointed Grant Thornton as the forensic auditor in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, a police official told PTI.

A Mumbai Police official earlier told The Indian Express that Sushant had searched three items repeatedly on Google in the week preceding his suicide: his own name in news reports, the name of his former manager Disha Salian who had committed suicide the previous week, and information about a mental illness. The official said, “We found that Sushant knew there was talk linking him to Salian’s death and he was worried this speculation might reach the media. That is why he may have been searching online. These issues seem to have exacerbated his condition. He had Googled his own name a few hours before the suicide.”

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20:03 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Investigation is underway: CBI

A press release from CBI read:

CBI has today registered a case releated to the death of Sh. Sushant Singh Rajput on the request of Bihar Govt and further notification from Govt of India and taken over the investigation of the case, earlier registered at police station Rajiv Nagar, Patna vide FIR no.241/2020 dated 25-7-2020. The case was registered against 6 accused and others.

Investigation is underway.

18:56 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Rhea Chakraborty's associate being interrogated by ED

ANI reported on Twitter, "Enforcement Directorate (ED) is interrogating Samual Miranda, an associate of Rhea Chakraborty over the latter's properties: Sources #SushantSinghRajputCase"

18:32 (IST)06 Aug 2020
CBI contacts Bihar Police

CBI has gotten in touch with Bihar Police in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, PTI reported.

18:02 (IST)06 Aug 2020
'Sushant couldn't sleep for four nights waiting for Sanjana to clear Me Too allegations'

Pavitra Rishta director Kushal Zaveri shared an Instagram post where he revealed that Sushant Singh Rajput couldn't sleep for four nights "waiting for Sanjana Sanghi to clear Me Too allegations."

17:32 (IST)06 Aug 2020
CBI issues a press release

The CBI issued a press release on Thursday that read:

After getting the notification from Govt of India, CBI is in the process of registration of case. We are also in touch with Bihar Police. The FIR will be uploaded on CBI's website soon.

17:12 (IST)06 Aug 2020
ED summons Rhea Chakraborty

The ED has summoned actor Rhea Chakraborty. The actor will now have to appear before the agency on August 7. The ED on July 31 had registered a money laundering case against Chakraborty and a few of her relatives based on a July 25 FIR filed in Patna by Rajput's father K K Singh. In the FIR, it is alleged that Rs 15 crore was siphoned off from Rajput’s account in one year “to bank accounts of persons not known or connected to the late actor”. Chakraborty was also accused of giving Rajput an overdose of medicine at her home and “falsely telling him that the actor was suffering from dengue”.

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16:52 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Rhea Chakraborty's associate questioned by ED

According to ANI, Rhea Chakraborty's associate Samuel Miranda was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at its office in Mumbai, in connection with #SushantSinghRajput death case. 

16:28 (IST)06 Aug 2020
'Collected good evidence,' says Bihar police on Sushant Singh Rajput case

The Bihar Police team had also visited a few banks to look into the financial aspect of the case.

"We collected good evidence in connection with the case and the Mumbai Police also cooperated with us," one of the officials from the team told PTI.

16:13 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Bihar police team leaves Mumbai post probing Sushant case

The four-member Bihar Police team, which was in Mumbai to investigate the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, left the city on Thursday, an official said. The police team arrived here on July 28 to probe the 'abetment to suicide' case registered by Rajput's father in Patna against the late actor's friend Rhea Chakraborty and others. During their stay in Mumbai, they recorded the statements of Rajput's sister, his former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande, director Rumi Jaffrey, the late actor's flatmate Siddharth Pithani, his manager, cook, doctors among others, PTI reported. 

15:55 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Bihar police chief on quarantining of IPS officer: If all else fails, moving the court could be an option

The Bihar police chief on Wednesday said when the Supreme Court also frowned upon the treatment meted out to IPS officer Vinay Tiwari and called it unprofessional, the IGP again contacted the municipal authorities, but nothing came of it. "We shall now be waiting till the end of the day and consulting the Advocate General in the meantime. If all else fails, moving the court could be an option," he added.

15:30 (IST)06 Aug 2020
'It is a virtual house arrest'

"It is a virtual house arrest. Our officer went to Mumbai after informing his counterparts there in writing and over phone. I too had sent an SMS to my counterpart in Maharashtra informing him that Tiwari will be there for three days and shared with him the details," said Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey in a statement to PTI. The police chief here is talking about the 'forcible quarantine' of IPS officer Vinay Tiwari who had arrived in Mumbai a few days ago to probe Sushant's case. 

15:16 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Bihar DGP warns of legal action with regard to IPS officer's release

Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey on Thursday warned of legal action if an IPS officer, who had gone to Mumbai to probe actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, was not released from "forcible quarantine" by the end of the day. Pandey expressed bewilderment over no positive response from the municipal authorities in Mumbai, whom he accused of keeping IPS officer Vinay Tiwari in house arrest, despite being informed about the adverse remarks made by Supreme Court against their action, reported PTI. 

14:56 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Remembering Sushant with Dil Bechara director Mukesh Chhabra

14:43 (IST)06 Aug 2020
'Done with the plot twisting'

"YES. Let CBI do the needful and bring justice to Him and his family. I guess we are done with the plot twisting," tweeted actor Swastika Mukherjee. 

13:40 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Sanjana Sanghi on her memories of Dil Bechara

In a recent interview with the Film Companion, Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara co-star Sanjana Sanghi shared, "It’s been well over a week since the film’s release. When I was trying to get the film to people in the run up to the release, I was trying to be strong and put together and was trying to streamline my thoughts. I thought that once the film released, I would have an emotional release, but I think the opposite has happened. Seeing the film was akin to reliving it."

13:17 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput case: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar thanks Centre for accepting his request

On Wednesday night, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took to Twitter to thank the central government for accepting his recommendation with regard to transferring Sushant death case to CBI. Here's what he tweeted:

13:01 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Sooraj Pancholi on SSR death case

While speaking with India Today, actor Sooraj Pancholi claimed that he had no connection to either Sushant Singh Rajput or Disha Salian's deaths. The actor said, "They are dragging me into this for no reason at all. It’s better I say nothing. Let them do what they have to. Thank you for reaching out. If there is something, I will reach out to you.”

12:37 (IST)06 Aug 2020
'Let justice prevail'

"I feel elated after hearing the news that #SushantSinghRajputCase has been transferred to CBI!! Let the justice prevail #CBIforShushant," tweeted actor Aadhi. 

12:16 (IST)06 Aug 2020
'Thinking of you'

Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara co-star Sanjana Sanghi shared a BTS video where the late actor and Sanghi could be seen prepping for a scene. Sanghi also posted a heartwarming note alongside the clip. Here's what it said:

12:04 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput case: Latest developments

Sushant Singh Rajput's last film Dil Bechara released on July 24 on Disney+ Hotstar. The film, also starring Sanjana Sanghi, has been directed by Mukesh Chhabra. Since this was Sushant's last on-screen appearance, his fans gave it their utmost support.

His Dil Bechara co-actor Swastika Mukherjee told PTI "We have forgotten the most important bit that he has a father whose loss is way, way more than the loss of his fans, followers or co-actors. What we really needed to do was, give them the time, space and place to grieve which we have been so irresponsible with. Nobody, whether family or fans, will ever get to know what happened. Nobody is ever going to get closure. We just started harping on issues and they went on piling one after the other. People showing so much concern now could have shown the same concern when he was alive. The whole conversation is now fueled with more assumptions, hate and evil."

Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Meetu Singh penned a heartfelt note for her late brother on Instagram which read, "Bhai, We are still in a state of shock and can’t believe that you aren’t there physically with us. The excruciating pain & the void you have left behind is immense and indescribable.My precious brother, my jaan,I still can’t say goodbye. I will maintain our sacred bond within my heart And shall keep it alive till eternity. I will keep laughing and crying on our shared memories, Until we meet again, bhai. You will always be my pride!"