Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh had tried to contact his son’s live-in partner Rhea Chakraborty to find out details of his son’s ongoing medical treatment at that time, WhatsApp messages shared with the media showed.
The actress, who is now the prime accused in the death case of Rajput, did not respond to any of the messages.
Besides Chakraborty, Rajput’s father also tried to connect with his son’s former manager Shruti Modi and even she did not get back to him. Modi is a co-accused in the case filed by Singh at a Patna police station on July 25. She was also both Rajput and Chakraborty’s manager.
The ED and the CBI are probing the death of the late actor, who was found hanging in his Bandra flat in Mumbai on June 14 on the complaint of Singh filed at the Rajeev Nagar police station. Rajput and his family hail from Purnea district in Bihar.
Both the agencies have taken over the probe on the basis of the Bihar Police FIR.
Singh in his message to Chakraborty at 12.34pm on November 29 last year asked her to share the details of his son’s treatment.
“Jab tum jan gaee ki hum Sushant ka papa hun to baat kyu nahi ki. Aakhir baat kya hai. Friend bankar uska dekhbhal aur uska elaj karba rahi ho to mera bhi farj banta hai ki Sushant ke bare me jankari mujhe bhi rahe. Esliye call kar mujhe bhi sari jankari do [When you have come to know that its Sushant’s father then why don’t you speak to me. What is the reason. If you are getting Sushant treated being a friend then it is also my responsibility to know the details. Therefore call me and share all the information],” the father wrote.
The revelations come in the backdrop of regular questioning of Chakraborty and her family members besides Modi, and other associated with Rajput by the ED.
The CBI on Monday visited the Faridabad home of the late actor’s brother-in-law, OP Singh, who is a top police officer in Haryana. They recorded the statement of Rajput’s father and sister in connection with the case.
According to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources, the family members have claimed that Rajput’s death was not suicide but a murder. However, the CBI officials remained tight lipped on the development.
The father had also tried to contact Modi, on the same day he WhatsApped Chakraborty, November 29, asking her to book a flight ticket for Singh so that he could come to Mumbai.
Singh wrote to Shruti Modi, 18 minutes before messaging Chakraborty. In the message, he said: “Mai janta hu ki Sushant ke sare karj aur use bhi tum hi dekhti ho. Wah abhi kis stithi me hai, iske liye bat karna chah rahe the. Kal Sushant se baat hui thi to usne kaha tha ki main bahut pareshan hu.
“Ab tum socho ki ek pita ko kitni chinta hogi uske liye. Esliye tumse bat karna chah raha tha. Ab tum bat nahi kar rahi ho to mai Mumbai jana chahta hu. Flight ka ticket bhej do. [Which roughly translates into ‘I know you handle the expenses and other things of Sushant, and it was the reason why I wanted to speak to you. Wanted to know in which condition he is in. Yesterday I spoke to Sushant and he said that he was troubled. Now you can imagine being a father, how worried I must be for my son. It was the reason why I wanted to speak to you. And now when you are not speaking then I want to come to Mumbai. Send the flight ticket].”
The ED has recorded the statement of Chakraborty, her brother Showik and father Indrajit on Monday. Till date the ED has questioned Chakraborty twice, her brother’s Showik statement thrice and her father Indrajit once.
For the first time on Tuesday, the ED has called Rajput’s sister Mitu Singh to record her statement with the agency. A top ED official said that Mitu Singh will be recording her statement later in the day.
The ED has also recorded the statement of Chakraborty’s Chartered Accountant (CA) Ritesh Shah, Rajput’s CA Sandeep Sridhar, his house manager Samuel Miranda, his flatmate Siddharth Pithani.
Shruti Modi on Tuesday morning again joined the ED probe. She has been questioned by ED twice earlier.
The ED had on July 31 registered a case on the basis of a Bihar Police FIR on his father’s complaint that Rs150 million (Dh7.3 million) was withdrawn or transferred from his son’s Kotak Mahindra Bank account.
The ED had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Chakraborty and her family members. Rajput’s father has accused Chakraborty of taking money from his son and also threatening to disclose his medical reports to the media. The late actor’s family has also accused her of keeping him away from them.
The case was transferred to the CBI from the state police on August 6.
On Monday, Chakraborty had moved a fresh plea in the Supreme Court, complaining that the media was unfairly holding a trial and pronouncing her guilty. She also urged the top court to ensure that she is not made a scapegoat of political agenda in the wake of the Bihar elections scheduled later this year.
The plea also said that she had no objection if the court referred the matter to the CBI. The apex court will be hearing the matter again on Tuesday.