Sushant Singh Rajput death: ED files money laundering case
The central probe agency has taken cognizance of a Bihar Police first investigation report (FIR) registered against actress Rhea Chakraborty, which mentions a suspicious transaction of Rs 15 crore.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case in connection with the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said on Friday.
According to a PTI report, the central probe agency has taken cognizance of a Bihar Police first investigation report (FIR) registered against actress Rhea Chakraborty and some others to slap criminal charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in its complaint. The FIR mentions a suspicious transaction of 15 crore from the actor's bank account as alleged by the family.
The officials said an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) has been filed in the case and the ED had recently sought the FIR copy from the Bihar Police.
Rajput's 74-year-old father Krishna Kumar Singh had on Tuesday lodged a police complaint against Chakraborty, her family members and six others on charges of alleged abetment to suicide of his son.
Singh has accused Chakraborty of having befriended his son in May 2019 with the intention of furthering her own career. The ED will probe allegations of alleged mishandling of Rajput's money and his bank accounts. According to NDTV, the agency would "look into the allegation of suspicious transactions in the bank account of the actor. Suspected persons will be issued summons early next week to join the probe".
A police team from Patna has been camped out in Mumbai for the past three days, visiting banks and inquiring into transactions and investments of the two companies that were set up by Rajput. Rajput created the companies with Chakraborty and her brother as directors, the police said. The registered addresses of the two firms are a flat in Raigad's Ulwe town in Maharashtra, owned by Chakraborty's father, officials said.
Amid these new developments, the Bihar Police has found itself in a turf war with the Mumbai Police over jurisdiction and has insisted it would follow the money trail in the case. Experts have questioned their jurisdiction in this case as the alleged crime occured in Maharashtra.
Mumbai Police claims that the family made no mention of suspicions of or allegations about Chakraborty and Rajput's finances when they first met top officers after the actor's death. The family also did not allege anything in written statements as well, the sources said.
Rajput was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai on June 14.