By Arré Bench Oct. 05, 2020
Now that AIIMS has confirmed that actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide, will our news channels be held responsible for the wild allegations they made against Rhea Chakraborty? She definitely deserves more than their apology.
Months after Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death, there has been an incessant campaign to prove that he was murdered, with a number of allegations hurled at his girlfriend, actor Rhea Chakraborty, and the presence of a “Bollywood mafia”. All this speculation, however, seems to have finally been put to rest on Saturday, when a forensic team from AIIMS — which was tasked with looking into the actor’s autopsy report by the CBI — ruled out foul play, and asserted that Singh had, in fact, taken his own life.
Sushant Singh Rajput's death a case of hanging and death by suicide, says AIIMS medical board
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) October 3, 2020
“There were no injuries over the body other than hanging. There were no marks of struggle/scuffle in the body and clothes of the deceased,” Dr Sudhir Gupta told India Today. Besides this, Gupta agreed with the post-mortem report conducted in Mumbai’s Cooper Hospital, which said that the actor died of “asphyxia due to hanging.”
Spoke to Dr Sudhir Gupta at AIIMS about tape that claims he thought SSR was ‘murdered’. “Yes every one doubted when CBI started investigation…we investigated all doubts then concluded our opinion…Now there should be no doubt…7 senior doctors of AIIMS were on the board.”
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) October 5, 2020
AIIMS forensics head Dr Sudhir Gupta rejects murder theory on SSR case. Tells @IndiaToday: ‘there should be no doubts over Sushant case, none at all. We examined all issues.. all seven top doctors have unanimously concluded that SSR died by suicide and not murder.’ #SSRSuicide
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) October 5, 2020
The post-mortem report had been a major point of contention in the days following Singh’s death, and had led to several claims that the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra government were hiding key details in the case.
US university research indicates that BJP's IT Cell and supporters are behind spreading ‘murder’ and ‘conspiracy’ theories. AIIMS declared that Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide, but BJP’s puppy TV channels still carry wild allegations! https://t.co/vjy2fdYyy2
— Jawhar Sircar (@jawharsircar) October 4, 2020
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) October 3, 2020
Dr Gupta, however, has now ruled out all theories of murder that have been floating around on the internet, and on various TV news channels. At the centre of these allegations was actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was accused of murdering Sushant Singh, and has now been arrested for being an “active member of a drug syndicate”.
All through the last few months, even as Chakraborty has had to cope with losing someone dear to her, she has been vilified by the media. This included some incredulous claims, such as she had performed “black magic” on the late actor, and that she had siphoned a large amount of money from his bank account.
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) October 3, 2020
Now that the CBI-mandated report has ended up reiterating what the initial post-mortem said, however, many have also been asking who will be held accountable for all the false claims and torture Chakraborty has had to deal with for the last few months.
So AIIMS forensic team confirms what some of us said for weeks/months: Sushant Singh Rajput is a clear cut case of suicide not murder. Will CBI now have courage to say it openly or will politics still be played with an eye on polls? Watch this space: Satyamev Jayate!🙏
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) October 3, 2020
Some have said online that the country’s leading news anchors should be held accountable and be sued for defamation. Others have added that Kangana Ranaut, too, should be answerable for all the allegations levelled by her in the last few months.
Media houses should be sued for the defamation of Rhea Chakraborty. https://t.co/3Z6R1jXfIX
— Parth MN (@parthpunter) October 3, 2020
Introspection required for each one of us who was convinced this was a murder. Hope we realise that our irresponsible mainstream media has no credibility. No signs of struggle on body or clothes, AIIMS panel rules out murder. https://t.co/m7kuOkv9dI
— Rajiv Lakshman (@RajivLakshman) October 3, 2020
Hello, have India's foremost forensic experts, Kangna Ranaut and Arnab Goswami approved the AIIMS forensic report in the Sushant Singh Rajput case yet?
— Aman Malik (@PatrakaarPopat) October 3, 2020
Congress leader Arun Choudhury, meanwhile, demanded that Rhea Chakraborty be let off immediately. Saying she was the victim of a “political conspiracy”, he said that the legacy of the late Sushant Singh could not be honoured by falsely implicating an innocent person. The Shiv Sena, too, has sought an apology from the BJP as well as several media channels for attempting to defame its government and police in Mumbai.
Actor Swara Bhasker, who has been vocal in her support for Chakraborty, also demanded that she should be released.
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) October 4, 2020
As the report now becomes public, however, chances are questions will instead be raised on the credibility of the AIIMS doctors in the coming days. And what about Chakraborty? Will anyone be held accountable for her character assassination?