ED questions Sushant Singh Rajput’s pal Siddharth Pithani, enterprise supervisor Shruti Modi

Mumbai, August 11

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Sushant Singh Rajput’s pal and roommate Siddharth Pithani and the late actor’s enterprise supervisor Shruti Modi in reference to a cash laundering case linked to his loss of life.

Pithani and Modi arrived on the workplace of the central probe company within the Ballard Estate space round 11 am in response to their scheduled summons, officers stated.

Both of them have been questioned by the company on Monday and their statements have been recorded underneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Shruti Modi was questioned final week too.

Pithani, an IT skilled, had informed varied information channels that he was current within the Bandra flat on June 14 when the 34-year-old actor allegedly hanged himself.

Pithani, who Rajput used to name ‘Buddha’, is said to be residing with Rajput for a couple of 12 months, and had earlier recorded his assertion with the Mumbai Police as a part of its unintentional loss of life report (ADR) probe within the case. 

On Monday, the ED questioned the prime accused within the case, actor Rhea Chakraborty (28), for about 9 hours. She has been questioned for round 18-19 hours until now.

Her father Indrajit Chakraborty and brother Showik have additionally been questioned for diverse lengths of time earlier.

The ED can also be anticipated to query considered one of Rajput’s three sisters on this case on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Rhea, her household and a pal of Rajput are anticipated to be known as in for questioning once more.

The ED had additionally questioned the chartered accountants (CAs) of Rhea and Rajput and the deceased actor’s home supervisor Samuel Miranda previously.

The company is known to have questioned Rhea, who said in her petition to the Supreme Court that she was in a live-in relationship with Rajput, about her friendship with the late actor, enterprise dealings and the developments that came about over the previous few years between them.

The ED’s line of questioning, officers stated, is revolving round Rhea’s revenue, investments, enterprise {and professional} offers, and hyperlinks.

Also, underneath the ED’s scanner is a property positioned within the metropolis’s Khar space and one other in Raigad district of the state, each linked to Rhea, for the supply of buy and possession.

Agency sources have stated they “want more answers” from Rhea over the alleged mismatch between her revenue, expenditure and investments.

They stated whereas Rhea has filed Income Tax Returns stating an revenue of about Rs 18 lakh within the latest previous, the worth of her investments is reportedly increased.

Her father, they stated, is a retired defence personnel who will get a pension of round Rs one lakh per 30 days.

The sources stated Rhea informed the company that she had made the property investments from her revenue, financial savings and has additionally taken financial institution loans.

Rhea has been accused by Rajput’s father of abetting his son’s suicide and she or he had initially refused to look earlier than the company citing her enchantment pending earlier than the Supreme Court that’s slated to be heard on Tuesday.

Her lawyer Satish Maneshinde had stated Rhea is a law-abiding citizen and would cooperate with the probe.

She has filed a petition within the apex courtroom requesting that the case lodged by the Bihar Police towards her be transferred to the Mumbai police.

Rhea, by her lawyer, additionally shared an image of a observe on Saturday which she claimed was written by Rajput to specific his gratitude in direction of her and her household.

She additionally shared {a photograph} of a water sipper, which is a chunk of film merchandise from Rajput’s 2019 movie “Chhichhore”.

“The only property of Sushant that I possess,” she stated in a message despatched together with the picture to the media.

The ED, in the course of the questioning classes, is learnt to have confronted Rhea, Showik and Modi with sure financial institution statements that purportedly present switch of small quantities into Showik’s accounts from these of Rajput and Chakraborty.

Rajput’s 74-year-old father Okay Okay Singh, who resides in Patna, had on July 25 filed a grievance with the Patna police towards Rhea, her mother and father (together with mom Sandhya Chakraborty), Showik, Rajput’s supervisor Samuel Miranda, Shruti Modi and unknown individuals accusing them of dishonest and abetting his son’s suicide.

The CBI had re-registered this FIR as a contemporary case on Thursday and named as accused the identical individuals.

Singh additionally alleged monetary irregularities in financial institution accounts of his son.

In the grievance, Singh alleged that an quantity of Rs 15 crore was siphoned off from Rajput’s checking account in a single 12 months to accounts of individuals not identified or related to the late actor.

Under the ED’s scanner are additionally not less than two corporations linked to Rajput and a few monetary offers involving Rhea, her father and Showik, who’re said to be administrators in these corporations. PTI

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