Father’s Second Marriage Not Acceptable to Sushant: Sanjay Raut’s Editorial is Distasteful

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Father’s Second Marriage Not Acceptable to Sushant: Sanjay Raut’s Editorial is Distasteful

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide continues to remain an obsession of the media as well as politicians in Maharashtra and Bihar. Despite more pressing matters at hand, like governing during a pandemic, leaders from both states can’t seem to refrain from commenting on the investigation of Rajput’s death, which has been passed on to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). After Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut made comments on Rajput’s relationship with his father on Sunday, Rajput’s cousin and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Bihar Neeraj Singh Bablu has hit back and demanded an apology, threatening legal action in case Raut refused to comply.

Raut has been critical of the Bihar government’s involvement in the case, as well as the calls to involve the CBI. On Sunday, he alleged in his weekly editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna that Rajput was not on good terms with his father, and that Rajput’s father had had a second marriage, of which the actor disapproved. Raut also insisted that Mumbai Police was the best investigating agency in the world, while listing the high-profile cases that they have probed, including the terrorist attacks of 26/11.

Today, Rajput’s family members have reacted to the statements made by Raut. Sushant’s cousin, a BJP MLA, has called for a public apology from Raut. Meanwhile, Rajput’s uncle has called out the Sena MP for trying to tarnish the actor’s image. Raut, in turn, has claimed that there is a political motive to applying pressure on Mumbai Police, and asserted that Rajput belonged to Mumbai just as much as he did to Bihar.

But like actors, politicians should leave the investigation to concerned authorities. Sanjay Raut’s editorial was in bad taste and the Sena leader received flak for it, especially on Twitter.

The suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput has gone from an open-and-shut case to a lurid controversy and media circus involving nepotism, film industry mafia, black magic, embezzlement, toxic relationships, and now, political conspiracies. And it looks to be far from over.