There’s a New Money Laundering Twist in the Sushant Singh Case. What’s Rhea Chakraborty’s Role?


There’s a New Money Laundering Twist in the Sushant Singh Case. What’s Rhea Chakraborty’s Role?

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Over a month-and-a-half has passed since the actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment in a case of apparent suicide. However, the aftermath of this discovery has been fraught with allegations that foul play was involved in Rajput’s death, levelled against his apparent professional rivals as well as his rumoured girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty. And the latest development has seen a third agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), take an interest in the case after details from the First Information Report (FIR) filed in Patna have highlighted a suspicious transaction of ₹15 crore from Rajput’s account.

Mumbai Police have been investigating the actor’s death and questioning his network of film industry peers even as calls were made for the case to be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – a petition that the Supreme Court has rejected. Meanwhile, Rajput’s family has filed a case against Chakraborty and others for abetment of suicide in Patna, Bihar.

Rajput’s family have alleged that Chakraborty was using the actor to further her own career, and that harassment from her and her family led to his suicide. The ED is looking into the matter and has filed a money laundering case over the ₹15 crore “suspicious transactions”. 

The Times of India also reported that Rajput’s CA denied that any major transfers had been made from Rajput to Chakraborty’s accounts. However, a report in The Tribune states that Chakraborty and her brother were also directors in two firms owned by Rajput.

Even though the Supreme Court has rejected petitions to transfer the investigation of Rajput’s death from Mumbai Police to CBI, it appears that a central agency is going to be involved in the case regardless, now that the ED is looking into the matter. With three investigations running parallel to each other, it’s clear that Rajput’s tragic passing is going to be under even more scrutiny in the coming days.