Sushant Singh Rajput’s bank account statements that Republic has accessed have emerged as a huge breakthrough in his death probe, highlighting the financial angle alleged by the family of the late actor, and also drawing interest from the ED. Earlier this week, Sushant’s father had filed an FIR alleging that the late actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, along with members of her family, had exploited Sushant financially, duping him over Rs 15 crores.
The bank statements accessed by Republic TV between November 2017 and February 2020 have shown that there have indeed been massive transactions for girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her family, especially brother Showik. Here are five big expenses Sushant bore in his final months for Rhea.
Plane tickets for Rhea and her brother
Rs 81,000 had been withdrawn from Sushant Singh Rajput’s flight ticket account for Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty according to bank statements accessed by Republic TV. In addition to this Sushant’s account in October 2019 also bore expenses for two other Rhea family members.
Hotel Booking for Rhea and brother
Sushant paid not only for flights from her brother but for his stay in Mumbai as well. Payment of about Rs 4,72,975 to Taj Hotel was also highlighted in Sushant’s statements of account. This shows that when Sushant arrived in the town, he paid for Showik ‘s stay in Mumbai.
Shopping at Zara
Rhea Chakraborty also withdrew Rs 35,000 from a Zara showroom from Sushant’s personal account for their shopping. Another person allegedly close to her named ‘Samuel’ has also made heavy transactions on multiple occasions from Sushant’s account to the tune of Rs 5 lakh.
Hairstylist and make-up
Sushant ‘s account also had heavy transactions reported for Rhea’s personal expenses. Rs 40,000 was at one stage deducted from Sushant’s personal account for her makeup and hairstyling to a beauty parlour. For her personal expenses, a total of Rs 1 lakh has been withdrawn from his account.
Tuition fees for her brother
Aside from carrying the flight tickets and hotel stay for Showik, Sushant also paid for his college and tuition fees, the statements show. That shows how Rhea’s expenses for Sushant went beyond her alone.
Documents revealed that with a balance of over Rs . 4 crores, 62 lakh in November 2019, Sushant’s bank balance fell to just over Rs . 1 of the crore in Feb 2020.
ED Writes To Bihar Police, Likely To Examine Financial Angle
Bihar Police is currently investigating the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput and is searching for information of Sushant’s bank accounts after charges were raised against Rhea by Sushant’s relatives. According to sources, in connexion with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Compliance Directorate (ED) has also sought a copy of the FIR registered against actress Rhea Chakraborty and others to investigate a possible angle of money laundering.
In this context, Sources said the central probe agency had written to the Bihar police as it is considering the case for a potential investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The interest of the ED, they said, is in the claims that Rajput’s money and his bank accounts were allegedly mishandled. The agency would investigate whether anyone used Rajput’s income to launder money and build illicit properties, they said.