00:13 GMT05 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Budding young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was said to be battling depression, allegedly committed suicide in mid-June in Mumbai. The incident has triggered a nationwide debate on nepotism in the film industry and the case has taken several new turns, with the controversy refusing to die down.

    Deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput's close friend, who was also his roommate, has written to the Mumbai police that the actor's family is pressurising him to testify and record statements against Sushant's ex-girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborthy.

    Sushant's friend Siddharth Pithani was supposed to testify and record a statement withe the Bihar state police on Friday.

    "This mail is to inform you that I receive conference phone calls from the family of Sushant Singh.. and they ask me questions regarding Rhea Chakraborthy and her expenses during her stay at Europe with Sushant. Mr. OP Singh (Sushant's brother-in-law) asked me to give a statement against Rhea Chakraborthy to Bihar Police," the letter reads.


    Money Trail Leads Police to Rhea's Father

    Investigations into the money trail left by the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput have led Bihar Police to a flat owned by father of actress Rhea Chakraborty - the girlfriend of the late actor Rajput.

    Police sources have revealed Rajput had set up two companies in which Rhea and her two brothers were directors. The registered address of both companies is that of a flat belonging to Rhea's father. It’s located in Maharashtra state.

    Bihar state police are investigating allegations that Chakraborty helped drive Rajput to face charges leveled by Rajput's father earlier this week in a police complaint filed in Bihar's capital Patna, where he lived.

    Investigators are probing whether money from Rajput’s bank account was transferred to any of those belonging to the two companies.

    After a long period of silence and debates surrounding the actor's death, the family recently registered a case against Rhea, claiming that she facilitated his suicide. The family has accused Rhea and six others of extorting money from Sushant and compelling him to kill himself.

    Meanwhile, Rhea has filed a plea in India's Supreme Court, urging it to transfer the case from Bihar to Mumbai to avoid the necessity of driving.


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