Actor Rhea Chakraborty today called for a CBI investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death last month, tagging Home Minister Amit Shah in a post on Instagram. Rhea Chakraborty — a close friend of Sushant Singh Rajput — said that she “only wanted to understand what prompted him to take the step”. In more posts, she also alleged that she had received rape and murder threats on social media.
“Respected @amitshahofficial sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government , however in the interest of justice , I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter . I only want to understand what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step,” Rhea Chakraborty wrote on Instagram.
Sushant Singh Rajput, a rising star of Hindi films, was found dead at his apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra on June 14. The 34-year-old actor died by suicide, police say.
Rhea Chakraborty said she had been subjected to online hate with users blaming her for his death.
In an earlier Insta post, the 28-year-old actor had shared a screenshot of a hate message she received on Instagram.
“I was called a gold digger. kept quiet I was called a murderer. I kept quiet, I was slut shamed, I kept quiet. But how does my silence give you the right to tell me that you will get me raped and murdered if I don’t commit suicide,” the actor wrote tagging the alleged online attacker.
No one should be subjected to this kind of “toxicity and harassment”, she added.
Rhea Chakraborty tagged the cyber cell and requested the authorities to look into the threats.
“I request @cyber_crime_helpline @cybercrimeindia to please take necessary action. Enough is enough,” she wrote.
Shortly after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said the Mumbai Police would also probe the angle of “professional rivalry”, which was alleged to be the cause of the suicide.
Rhea Chakraborty recoded her statement with the Mumbai police on June 18.
The actor, who has starred in films like Mere Dad Ki Maruti and Jalebi, was a close friend of Sushant Singh Rajput and had shared several photos of the two of them. On his birthday in January, she shared this post on Instagram, calling him “The most beautiful supermassive black hole that is known to mankind” – Mr Rajput was a keen amateur astronomer and science buff, filling up his own Instagram feed with posts on the planets and cosmos.