How Mumbai Police Have Become the Unlikely Villain in the Sushant Singh Rajput Case


How Mumbai Police Have Become the Unlikely Villain in the Sushant Singh Rajput Case

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

The parallel investigations of Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide being conducted by the Mumbai Police and Bihar Police became complicated further when Rajput’s family claimed they had informed Mumbai Police about the threat to his life as early as February. However, Mumbai Police has denied the claim that Rajput’s family filed an official report, in what is becoming a pattern where the Bihar Police-led investigation unearths an apparent smoking gun, only for the Mumbai Police to refute the claims made. This was also witnessed over the weekend, when claims that Mumbai Police had “inadvertently deleted” files relating to the death of Rajput’s former manager Disha Salian were denied by Mumbai Police, but not before the claim spread virally on the internet.

This time, cops in Mumbai  have denied the claim of Rajput’s father, KK Singh, where he said he had submitted a written complaint to Bandra police station on February 25 informing them that Sushant’s life was in danger. In a press release responding to this statement, Mumbai Police wrote, “It must be clarified that no such written complaint has been addressed to Bandra Police Station on that date. However, one OP Singh IPS, the brother in law of late Sushant Singh Rajput, had sent some WhatsApp messages to the then DCP Zone 9 regarding this matter.” Mumbai Police said that Rajput’s brother-in-law asked them to look into the matter through informal and unofficial channels – a request they were unable to fulfil.

Regardless, screenshots of OP Singh’s message to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) have hit the internet, and are being plastered all over news channels. At the same time, Rajput’s friend Siddharth Pithani has also shared messages he received from Singh at around the same time in February, allegedly intended to be passed on to Rajput. The messages acknowledge a rift between Rajput and Singh, because of the people Rajput was associating at the time, as well as “gross mismanagement” and “unhelpful habits”.

Rajput’s family, while levelling allegations at the authorities in Mumbai, have also claimed that his girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, is on the run from law enforcement. However, Chakraborty’s lawyer has responded, saying she has already been questioned by Mumbai Police and has not received any summons from Bihar Police.

The “investigation” of Rajput’s suicide has descended into a round of back-and-forth allegations, and the uproar over the screenshots will likely last only until the time the next headline-grabbing twist comes along.