Hours after the Enforcement Directorate registered a case of money laundering against actress Rhea Chakraborty and her relatives in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, she broke her silence in the case saying that “the truth shall prevail”.
In a video statement released through her lawyers on Friday, Rhea said she has faith in the judiciary. “I have immense faith in God and the judiciary. I believe that I will get justice. Even though a lot of horrible things are being said about me in the electronic media, I refrain from commenting on the advice of my lawyers as the matter is sub-judice. Satyamev Jayate, the truth shall prevail,” the actor said in a tearful video.
Rhea has found herself in a harsh spotlight after being named in an FIR lodged in Patna by late actor’s father KK Singh. In the FIR, registered at Patna’s Rajiv Nagar police station on July 25, KK Singh has accused Rhea and five others, which includes her family members, of abetment of suicide, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.
In the FIR, it was alleged that Rs 15 crore was siphoned off from Sushant’s account in one year “to bank accounts of persons not known or connected to the late actor”. Rhea was also accused of giving Sushant an overdose of medicine at her home and “falsely telling him that the actor was suffering from dengue”.
Sources had earlier told that ED will probe whether Sushant’s wealth has been illegally siphoned off in a manner that will attract money laundering charges.
The FIR has been filed under IPC Sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating). Of these, the offence of cheating falls under the category of predicate offences under PMLA.
Sushant, 34, was found hanging at his apartment in Bandra, a Mumbai suburb, on June 14. Rhea and Sushant, who had been friends for a couple of years before the actor’s death, were to appear together in director Rumi Jeffery’s film that got stalled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, a day after Bihar Police team met their counterparts in Bandra, Mumbai, to gather information on the actor’s death case following the FIR, Rhea moved the Supreme Court and sought a stay on investigations in Patna. She also petitioned the court to transfer the probe to Mumbai.
On Thursday, Singh and the Bihar government also moved the apex court and filed caveats (a preemptive legal measure), praying that they should be heard before any decision is taken on Rhea’s plea for transfer of the FIR from Patna to Mumbai.
In her petition, Rhea maintained that allegations in the FIR “reflect the influence” Singh in roping her in the case, PTI reported. “In the peculiar facts and circumstances of the present case, the Petitioner has been falsely implicated…” the plea said.
Rhea stated in the petition that she and Sushant lived together “since a year up till June 8, when the petitioner had temporarily shifted to her own residence in Mumbai”.
An MTV VJ-turned-actor, Bengaluru-born Rhea made her silver screen debut in 2012 with a Telugu film, Tuneega Tuneega. Her Bollywood debut came in 2013 with Ashima Chhibber’s comedy, Mere Dad Ki Maruti.
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