Actor Rhea Chakraborty is being questioned in the Sushant Singh Rajput investigation by the enforcement directorate in Mumbai after the agency rejected her request to put it off. She entered the office of the department minutes after the deadline of 11.30 AM. She was also seen with her father Indrajit Chakraborty and brother Showik.
Her lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, stated: “Rhea Chakraborty is a law-abiding citizen. Considering that ED has told the media that the appeal to postpone the attendance has been denied, she appeared in the ED at the prescribed time and date.”
Rhea Chakraborty had asked for her questioning to be deferred citing an ongoing Supreme Court hearing on her petition.
Rhea had requested the financial investigation agency to delay its inquiry in the case in an email sent to the Compliance Directorate on Thursday night, as the matter is still pending in court. Satish Manshinde, counsel for Rhea, said in a statement: “Rhea Chakraborty has asked for the recording of her statement to be postponed until the Supreme Court hearing.”
Nearly four hours into the questioning, her brother was seen leaving.
Rhea Chakraborty has been accused of a role in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by his family, which has alleged that she transferred money from his accounts and mentally harassed him. The Bollywood actor died by suicide on June 14, according to the Mumbai police. Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend Siddharth Pithani and Rhea Chakraborty’s former manager Shruti Modi have also been summoned by the agency, which investigates financial crimes.
In a money laundering case it has filed over what it calls “suspicious transactions” worth Rs 15 Crore, the Enforcement Directorate wants to question Rhea Chakraborty. The agency took note of a Bihar Police First Information Report or FIR, based on a complaint from the family of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sources within the agency claim money were transferred to Rhea Chakraborty from two of the four bank accounts belonging to Sushant Singh Rajput. But the amount is nowhere near the supposed Rs 15 crore. Sources close to Rhea Chakraborty say some of the transactions in a relationship were not unique to any couple, one that lived together and even went on vacations. Sources add that the two had also started a business together with family members of Rhea Chakraborty.
The Supreme Court is hearing a petition by Rhea Chakraborty to transfer the Bihar case to Maharashtra, where the Mumbai police investigated whether Bollywood cliques and rivalries pushed Sushant Singh Rajput to despair. Over 50 people have been questioned by the Mumbai Police on allegations that the actor suffered from depression and had felt sidelined in the film industry.
The Bihar Police’s parallel probe against Rhea has sparked a turf war between cops in Patna and Mumbai.
On Wednesday, the centre handed over the Bihar Police case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following demands from politicians and the actor’s family.
A crack CBI unit that has prosecuted high-profile crimes such as the Vijay Mallya case has assumed responsibility for the trial, naming Rhea Chakraborty among five defendants.
Rhea Chakraborty, who denied all allegations, had previously called for a CBI probe but said yesterday that the investigation of the agency at this stage would be “totally unconstitutional and beyond any established legal standards, impacting the nation’s Federal Structure.”