By Arré Bench Jul. 31, 2020
During the investigation into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, a suspicious transaction worth ₹15 crore from the actor’s account has caught the attention of the Enforcement Directorate. Is Rhea Chakraborty involved?
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.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case: Enforcement Directorat may probe money laundering angle https://t.co/IW92N5yGcW
— TOI Cities (@TOICitiesNews) July 30, 2020
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.
#Breaking | Sushant Singh Rajput death probe: Sources suggest that the @dir_ed has sought the FIR filed by Bihar Police. The move is likely to probe into the alleged money laundering angle in the case.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 30, 2020
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”.
ED files a money laundering case in Sushant Singh Rajput death on the basis of Bihar police FIR, officials.
— Neeraj Chauhan (@neerajwriting) July 31, 2020
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.
“Enforcement Directorate has sought from Bihar police a copy of FIR against actress Rhea Chakraborty and some others in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in order to probe a possible money laundering angle.”
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) July 30, 2020
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.