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Sushant Singh Rajput Case LIVE Updates: AIIMS Rules Out Murder Angle, Kshitij Prasad Sent to Judicial Custody

News18.com | October 3, 2020, 21:56 IST
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Sushant Singh Rajput Case LIVE Updates: Kshitij Ravi Prasad, the former Dharmatic Entertainment executive producer arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a Bollywood-drugs case, has told a special court here that he has been "coerced into falsely implicating" actors Ranbir Kapoor, Dino Morea and Arjun Rampal by the agency officials. The NCB has dismissed these allegations as "false and baseless". According to the NCB, Prasad had procured drugs from another accused Karmjeet and his associates. The agency had earlier arrested actor and late Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and others in connection with the Bollywood-drugs probe. She was described by the NCB as "an active member of a drug syndicate" and accused of organising drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput.

Meanwhile, the AIIMS forensic panel has ruled out a murder claim in the Sushant Singh Rajput case in its "conclusive medico-legal" opinion to CBI, dismissing the theories of poisoning and strangling. "There were no injuries on the body other than of hanging. There were no marks of struggle/scuffle on the body and clothes of the deceased," said Dr Sudhir Gupta, Chairman of AIIMS Forensic Medical Board formed in Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
Oct 3, 2020 21:56 (IST)

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar shared a video on his verified Twitter account on Saturday, defending the film industry against rampant allegations of drug abuse. The problem of drug abuse has been a part of the public debate in the aftermath of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Admitting the drugs problem prevailed in the film industry, Akshay requested people not to generalise and think that every person associated with Bollywood has drug links.

The actor also requested the media to be sensitive while taking names, because negative news could have negative impact on a person's career and reputation.

Akshay shared his message in a Hindi video on Twitter. He said: "I speak to you with a heavy heart today. Over the past few weeks, several things have come to my mind but there is so much negativity everywhere that I was unable to decide what to say.

"Although we are called stars, you have created Bollywood with all your love. We are not just an industry. Through our films we have spread values and culture of our nation to every corner of the world. For years now we have tried to reflect the sentiments of the common people of our country through our films. Be it the angry young man brand of anger, corruption, poverty or unemployment -- cinema has tried to reflect all these issues in its own style. So, if you are angry today, we understand and respect it.

"After Sushant Singh Rajput's sudden death, several issues have come to the forefront, which pained us as much as they have done to you. These issue have highlighted several flaws of the film industry, which need to be focused on.

"Today, narcotics and drugs are the the most talked-about topics. I can't keep my hand on my heart and lie to you saying this problem does not exist. It does exists -- just as it possibly exists in every other industry and profession. But that doesn't mean every single person from the particular profession is involved. That's not possible.

"Drugs are a legal matter, and I have full faith that whatever investigation our courts and law enforcement authorities have undertaken and whatever action they are taking, will be right. I also know that every single person from the film industry will co-operate with them.

"But I request you with folded hands not to generalise the entire industry to be the same, and blame everyone. This is not right.

"I personally have always believed in the power of media. If our media does not highlight important issues at the right time, a lot of people will not get justice. I will request the media to continue to raise their voice but do it a little sensitively because one piece of negative news about a person will tarnish years of hard work and reputation.

"I would also like to share a message with all fans. You have made us and we will not let you down. If you have any complaint, we will work harder to rectify our faults and win back your love and trust. We are here because of you, so please stay with us. Thank you very much," he concluded.

Oct 3, 2020 21:17 (IST)

Actress Kangana Ranaut on Saturday reacted to news reports suggesting that the forensic team of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi hinted that late actor Sushant Singh Rajput had committed suicide.

"Young and extraordinary individuals don't just wake up one fine day and kill themselves. Sushant said he was being bullied and outcast, he feared for his life, he said movie mafia banned him and harassed him, he was mentally affected by being falsely accused of rape #AIIMS," the actress tweeted on her verified account.

"With latest progress we need answers to few questions.

1) SSR repeatedly spoke about big production houses banning him. Who are these people who conspired against him?

2) Why media spread false news about him being a rapist?

3) Why was Mahesh Bhatt doing his psychoanalysis?," Kangana wrote in a separate tweet.

Kangana's reaction comes on a day when AIIMS, in its report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), "hinted" that Sushant's death on June 14 happened by suicide and not murder, as per our sources from the hospital.

The actress, on Saturday also posted tweets alleging that Sushant had a fallout with Yash Raj Films, there was a conspiracy behind his films getting shelved, and that he was being blackmailed.

"He wrote in many his social media posts that he is being thrown out of film industry, spoke openly about his fall out with Yashraj films. His family went to cops because he feared people in his life, abetment of suicide is a murder, legally and morally it's a bonafide murder," Kangana wrote.

Oct 3, 2020 20:37 (IST)

Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu on Saturday took a jibe at certain news channels without taking names, saying these channels have entertained people on behalf of the actors till the time theatres were shut. With cinemas set to reopen, such channels should focus on real news now.

"Now that theatres are allowed to open with 50% occupancy its only fair to expect some ‘news' channels to focus 50% more towards ‘real' news. Thank you guys, you held the fort of entertainment long enough on our behalf. We can take over from here on," Taapsee tweeted from her verified account.

Oct 3, 2020 20:09 (IST)

The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies on Saturday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying its "conspiracy to defame the Maharashtra government" has been exposed in the AIIMS forensic report into actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. The forensic department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, in its report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has "hinted" that the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was suicide and not murder, sources said on Saturday.

"The Mumbai Police probe was in the right direction. Even the Supreme Court was satisfied with the investigations, and now the AIIMS' report has pointed at suicide," said state Congress general secretary and spokesperson Sachin Sawant.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Mahesh Tapase demanded criminal action against all those who were part of the plot to slander the state government and the city police.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh demanded that the CBI must now table its report in the Sushant probe, which has been going on for long.

Oct 3, 2020 18:58 (IST)
Akshay Kumar Addresses Drugs Problem in Bollywood, Speaks About 'Issues' Post SSR's Death

Akshay Kumar has broken his silence amid all the claims and allegation on the Bollywood industry following the probe in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

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Kangana Ranaut raises questions on AIIMS report in a Twitter thread.

Oct 3, 2020 17:38 (IST)
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Oct 3, 2020 15:38 (IST)

"There were no injuries on the body other than of hanging. There were no marks of struggle/scuffle on the body and clothes of the deceased," says Dr Sudhir Gupta, Chairman of AIIMS Forensic Medical Board formed in Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Oct 3, 2020 15:25 (IST)

Executive producer Kshitij Prasad sent to judicial custody till Oct 6

Kshitij Prasad, a former employee of Dharmatic Entertainment, who was arrested in connection with the probe into the drugs angle into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, was sent to judicial custody till October 6 by a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court on Saturday.

Oct 3, 2020 15:16 (IST)

CBI analysing AIIMS Forensic Report

Top CBI sources indicate to CNN-News18 that the AIIMS forensic report in Sushant Singh Rajput case is being analysed by CBI, which is taking every aspect into consideration.

Oct 3, 2020 14:52 (IST)

It would not be wise to comment on Sushant Singh Rajput's forensic report unless we get an official report from the CBI, says Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh.

Oct 3, 2020 14:50 (IST)

Sushant's family, friends, and hundreds of thousands of fans have raised questions about how he died. The CBI investigation began after the family filed a case accusing the actor's purported girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty of mentally harassing him, medicating him, exploiting him for money, and abetting his suicide.

Oct 3, 2020 14:27 (IST)

The AIIMS doctors had submitted their findings in Sushant Singh Rajput case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 29. The findings of the AIIMS medical board concurs with the findings of Cooper Hospital, where Sushant Singh Rajput's autopsy was conducted. Further, the circumstantial evidences also point it to be a case of suicide, with no foul play, reports India Today.

Oct 3, 2020 13:44 (IST)

Narcotics Control Bureau to produce Kshitij Ravi Prasad before the Special NDPS Court today for further remand, in connection with a drug probe pertaining to Sushant Singh Rajput death, reports news agency ANI.

Oct 3, 2020 12:57 (IST)

Sushant Singh Rajput's Sister Congratulates His Fans After Twitter 'Crashed' Due to Their Digital Campaign

Late Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti took to Twitter on Thursday to congratulate SSR's fans for actively participating in her latest digital campaign, which she believes, led to Twitter "crashing". She has been at the forefront of creating awareness and in keeping the spirit alive in demanding justice for the late actor. Sharing a screenshot of the said Twitter page, she wrote: “Heard that twitter crashed for a while... this is the voice of unity fighting for truth and justice...A true revolution in all sense! Good job warriors... keep it up, Strength is shining forth!! Take A Bow Woman bowing deeply #Revolution4SSR” Flashing on the screen is a message - ‘Twitter is over capacity. Please wait a few moments then try again’.

Oct 3, 2020 12:21 (IST)

Meanwhile, a parallel drugs probe is being conducted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and 20 people have been arrested so far under various charges of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, including Rhea and Showik Chakraborty. Their bail pleas came up for hearing on Tuesday, but the order was reserved by the court. Both siblings have been placed in judicial custody till October 6.

Oct 3, 2020 12:13 (IST)

AIIMS forensic report rules out Murder theories on the SSR Death Probe

The AIIMS forensic panel has ruled out murder claim in the Sushant Singh Rajput case and called it a case of suicide in its "conclusive medico-legal" opinion to CBI, dismissing the theories of poisoning and strangling.

Oct 3, 2020 11:58 (IST)

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday refuted claims about clean chit given to Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and others questioned in connection with the a drugs case surrounding the death Sushant Singh Rajput, saying such reports are "devoid" of "truth and facts".

Oct 3, 2020 11:47 (IST)

The high-profile case of Sushant Singh Rajput has seen twists from allegations of money-laundering to drug deals. The drugs angle is being invested by the Narcotics Control Bureau or NCB, which has already interrogated several Bollywood A-listers such as Deepika Padukone and Sara Ali Khan.

Oct 3, 2020 11:33 (IST)

Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14. More than a month later, his father filed a case in Bihar accusing Rhea Chakraborty and her family of cheating his son financially, mentally harassing him and driving him to suicide. Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested earlier this month along with her brother and several others in a drug-related case pertaining to Sushant's death, has denied the late actor's father's charges. She was described by the NCB as "an active member of a drug syndicate" and accused of organising drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput.

Oct 3, 2020 11:29 (IST)

CBI sources have reportedly told NDTV, "So far, no evidence has come up to prove it to be a case of murder. If during the course of investigation, we get any evidence, murder charge will be added. For now, abetment to suicide and other charges in the FIR are being probed."

Oct 3, 2020 11:20 (IST)

AIIMS Panel Rules Out Murder In SSR Death Case: Report

In recent developments in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, reports have emerged that doctors at Delhi’s AIIMS have claimed that the late Bollywood actor was not murdered but committed suicide. NDTV has reported that a team of doctors from AIIMS told the CBI that the AIIMS panel has concurred with the opinion of the Mumbai hospital that carried out the autopsy of the late actor.

Sushant Singh Rajput Case LIVE Updates: AIIMS Rules Out Murder Angle, Kshitij Prasad Sent to Judicial Custody
Sushant Singh Rajput

Poisoning was just one of the theories in circulation after doubts were raised by the actor's family and others who have been contesting the Mumbai Police assessment, based on the autopsy, that Sushant died by suicide. As per sources, the CBI is likely to continue its probe into "abetment to suicide". In a statement on Monday, the CBI said it was conducting a "professional investigation" where "all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out".

Sushant's family, friends, and hundreds of thousands of fans have raised questions about how he died. The CBI investigation began after the family filed a case accusing the actor's purported girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty of mentally harassing him, medicating him, exploiting him for money, and abetting his suicide. Rhea has denied the late actor's father's charges.