Story As On August 6, 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput case which was concluded as suicide, is getting murkier by the day as several shocking revelations are being made. In a recent PINKVILLA interview with Sushant’s family lawyer Vikas Singh has revealed a shocking incident which drove a wedge between the actor and his family.
Vikas stated that it was Rhea who provoked Sushant against his sister Priyanka and other family members, and separated him from them. According to the lawyer, Rhea also accused Priyanka of molesting her during a party and instigated the actor to sever ties with his sister and other family members.
Rhea Chakraborty and Sushant Singh Rajput met for the first time on April 14, 2019 at a common friend’s party. When she came over to his place on 15th April, Sushant’s sister Priyanka Singh and her husband were already there at his Bandra residence and were planning to leave for Pawna farmhouse. Rhea met all of them and she also went along with them to Pawna farmhouse and decided to stay over that night.
Next day, in the afternoon, Sushant dropped her in Mumbai and came back to Pawna farmhouse in evening. On April 18-19th intervening night, she insisted on coming to Sushant’s house at Capri Heights and reached at around 1 am and insisted on having drinks and also got everyone else to join in. They all stayed up till late in the night before they retired to their rooms. Rhea spent the night in Sushant’s room.
Continuing further he said,
On 19th, Priyanka and her husband had to leave for Delhi but Sushant requested Priyanka to stay back for a few more days saying that he would also accompany her to Delhi. So Priyanka’s flight ticket was cancelled at the last moment while her husband left for Delhi. On 19th evening itself, Sushant wrote a beautiful emotional letter for Priyanka when Rhea was also present there.
Next day, i.e. on April 20, 2019, Rhea invited Sushant and Priyanka to her brother Showick Chakraborty’s birthday party. Since it was already 10-12 in the night and both Priyanka and Sushant were tired. Sushant said he would rather go off to sleep… then Rhea insisted Priyanka should come and herself did Priyanka’s make-up for the event. Rhea insisted that Priyanka should create a Whatsapp group which had the four of them as members.
When they reached the venue, Priyanka wished her brother but he stated that it’s not his birthday that day but they are celebrating on that night and they partied together. Priyanka realised that Rhea used Sushant’s credit cards to pay for the party. From the party, Rhea also came back to Sushant’s house while Priyanka went to sleep, Sushant and Rhea were talking.
Continuing further, Vikas said,
The next morning on 21st April, by the time Priyanka woke up, Rhea wasn’t there and Sushant was extremely angry. Rhea told Sushant the earlier night, after the birthday party, that his sister Priyanka tried to take advantage of her and molest her on the intervening night of 18-19th April at Sushant’s residence. Sushant believed Rhea and had an altercation with his sister and Priyanka couldn’t even believe that Sushant would get manipulated this way. But she wanted peace and vacated the apartment.
Once she reached Delhi and told her husband about it, he told her that what happened was not correct as he was also there on the intervening night of 18-19th April 2019 and reasoned it out with Sushant directly through WhatsApp messages, but Sushant wasn’t ready to listen.
Sushant was the closest to his sister Priyanka and in just one day, their relationship suffered a deep crack. Post that incident, they didn’t talk for months, till November 2019 when Sushant called Priyanka and said sorry in a broken tone and asked her to visit him ASAP. That was the time when he also gave an SOS to his eldest sister Rani di.
Next day, all three sisters reached Mumbai to bring him to Chandigarh. It was then that Sushant asked Rhea why she had accused her sister and why she insisted on taking Priyanka to her brother’s birthday party if Priyanka allegedly misbehaved with her and why she did not disclose about the said alleged incident for 2 days i.e from 18th night till 21st April. Then, Sushant realised his mistake and after saying sorry, he settled the issue with Priyanka.
He realised his mistake that in a short span of few days, Rhea had played a mind game to separate two siblings who were inseparable and happened to be each other’s strongest emotional support.
The lawyer has accused Rhea of allegedly taking control of Sushant and creating a rift between him and his family members.
Story Updated As On August 18, 2020
Rhea Chakraborty, who has been named in a complaint by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh and accused of taking Rs 15 crore from him, has put out a statement, clarifying her stance on the case. A four-page statement was shared with India Today TV by Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde, on behalf of the actress. In the statement, Rhea says that she did not know Aaditya Thackeray, and what drove a wedge between her and the family of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Here is the full statement:
Rhea and Sushant were known to each other over the past several years as they were both working in the Indian film Industry. Rhea and Sushant had maintained a cordial friendship and would occasionally communicate with each other. In April 2019, Rhea and Sushant had attended a party hosted by the film fraternity and shortly thereafter they began dating each other. Even though they spent a lot of time in each other’s homes, they officially moved in together in December 2019 and lived at Mount Blanc, Bandra, till Rhea left on the 8th of June 2020.
The current allegations being levelled by his family are total nonsense and an afterthought. No allegations whatsoever were made till the 27th of July 2020 by anybody in the family before the Mumbai Police or to any other authority. Their statements were recorded by the police in Mumbai. They are educated and have an IPS officer OP Singh in the family. The allegations are totally concocted and fabricated for ulterior purposes. Rhea denies all allegations of abetment of suicide, misappropriation of funds and others or otherwise. Both the Mumbai Police and the Enforcement Directorate have been handed over all of Rhea’s financial documents which clearly show the falsity of such allegations. She has not received a single transfer from Sushant’s accounts. All her Income Tax Returns have been examined by Police as well as the ED. Neither of them have found anything incriminating against Rhea.
In the initial months of their relationship, when Rhea had visited Sushant’s house, his sister Priyanka and her husband Siddharth were living with him. On one night, in and around April 2019, Rhea and Priyanka had gone out to a party. Priyanka consumed copious amounts of alcohol and was behaving inappropriately with men as well as women at that party. So, Rhea insisted that they return to Sushant’s home. Upon returning, Sushant and his sister continued drinking alcohol while Rhea retired for the night as she had a shoot the next morning. Rhea was asleep in Sushant’s room when she suddenly awoke to find Priyanka had got into bed with her and was groping her. Rhea was extremely shocked and demanded that she leave the room immediately. Subsequently, Rhea herself left the house. Thereafter, Rhea informed Sushant as to what had transpired and Sushant got into an argument with his sister regarding the same. That due to the aforesaid incident, the relationship between Sushant’s family and Rhea had been strained since inception. Even after his death when a list of 20 people was made to attend the funeral, Rhea’s name was not included in the list and hence she was excluded from attending the funeral.
In June 2020, Sushant had been calling his family, informing them of his decision to move out of Mumbai and requesting them to come meet him. After several days of Sushant calling and crying over the phone, his sister, Meethu agreed to come live with him on the 8th of June 2020. Due to this development, Sushant requested Rhea to live with her parents for the time being. Rhea had been suffering from her own anxiety issues and often endured panic attacks. Sushant’s conduct also aggravated these conditions. Even though Rhea was desirous of seeing her family, she was not at all comfortable with leaving Sushant. The very same day, 8th June 2020, Rhea had arranged to have a therapy session of her own with Dr Susan Walker and requested Sushant if she could leave after the session. However, Sushant told her to leave immediately before his sister Meethu arrived. Thus Rhea reluctantly left and informed Sushant to let her or her brother know about anything he required or in case he needed to talk.
Rhea has always maintained that she would like the truth of the matter to be revealed by virtue of a fair and impartial investigation. She has admitted in her Petition to the SC that she sent a Message to Amit Shah Union HM to order a CBI investigation. She has also informed the SC that if the court transfers it to CBI, she had no objection. What she has challenged is the illegal registration and investigation of Bihar Police without jurisdiction and transfer to CBI of an illegal investigation.
Unless the Maharashtra Govt Consents to a CBI investigation, the Case cannot be transferred to CBI. Instead the Bihar Govt ought to have transferred the investigation to Mumbai Police as per the Notification issued by the Union Government. The very foundation of the Federal Structure is at stake by the present actions for Bihar Govt. As per law, the Bihar Police ought to have registered a 0 FIR and transferred the investigation to the Mumbai Police. The Bihar Police has no jurisdiction to investigate the case. Rhea will not submit to an illegal investigation.
There were various reasons that made Rhea apprehensive about the nature of the investigation that would be conducted by the Bihar Police. The Bihar Police registered the FIR on the same day that the complaint was received, despite a delay of over 40 days. The Bihar Police arrived in Mumbai without ever summoning Rhea to cooperate with their investigation. There were several newspaper articles quoting the advocate of the complainant as having stated that the Bihar Police were hesitant to register the FIR but did so at the behest of the political leadership in Bihar. Rhea has not shied away from cooperating with any investigating agency till date, but she is entitled to a fair and impartial investigation by an agency which has jurisdiction to investigate the case. The manner in which the proceedings were instituted and being conducted in Bihar made it appear unlikely that she would receive a fair treatment.
The comments made at the last hearing before the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the 11th of August 2020, make it evident that this has become more about politics than the truth. Unwanted and irrelevant submissions are being made. The number of politicians taking advantage of this case on the eve of elections in Bihar is evident.
Rhea does not know and has never met Aaditya Thackeray till today. Neither has she ever spoken to him telephonically or otherwise. Though she has heard of him as a leader of the Shiv Sena. She knows and has met Dino Morea socially as he is her senior in the film industry.
Rhea Chakraborty was named in the complaint filed by Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh at the Rajiv Nagar Police Station in Patna on July 25. An FIR was subsequently registered by the Patna police.