It has been five months since actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his house under mysterious circumstances. Ever since then, Enforcement Directorate (ED), CBI and NCB have been investigating the several angles of the case. While NCB has been making arrests in the drugs angle, ED has been looking into the money laundering angle. It is reported that the agency has found a suspicious payment worth Rs 17 crore allegedly made to the late actor.
According to media reports, this suspicious payment was made by Dinesh Vijan who produced the 2017 film Raabta starring SSR and Kriti Sanon. According to India Today, Dinesh was supposed to submit documents detailing the payment made to Sushant for Raabta. The producer had submitted only a few documents before. Meanwhile, the details of the overseas shoot budget are still missing and ED searched his house for the same in October. During the search, the officials found the budget and expenditures of Raabta that was submitted to officials in Budapest. It was then reported that the budget of the film was 50 crores and 17 crores were paid to Sushant.
Dinesh has been questioned about the payment and failed to answers as to how the payment was done and where the money went. Meanwhile, Dinesh Vijan’s production house released a statement and clarified that the production made no payment to the actor in Hungary.
Here is the statement made by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films
Kindly note that Maddock Films has not made any payment to Sushant in Hungary. Maddock has also not received Rs.17 crores whether as actor fee, or any rebate from Hungary as wrongly claimed in your article. We have made the full and final payment to Sushant for the film Raabta as per the agreement signed by him with us, and this payment was received by him in India. We have submitted relevant documents for the proof of such payment to the department. It should be noted that in fact all funding and financial transactions for the shooting in Hungary were handled by T-series. You may confirm from T Series. Maddock Films is a responsible filmmaker and we dutifully follow the rules and law of our country.
India Today has always stood by the truth and we hope that sharing the correct facts with you will lead to correct reporting as a responsible publication. We are not sure if we can speak about the matter at this moment, but to avoid any controversy we want to clarify we are fully cooperating with the agency and have furnished all details required and it is our sincere request to all to avoid spreading incorrect information.
You may note that Mr Vijan was to travel back to India and had to therefore as per norms undergo a Covid-19 test prior to flying. He’s detected positive for Covid-19 which is why he could not travel back and is presently recuperating. He will be travelling back to India as soon as he recovers, he and Maddock films have been and will fully co-operate with the authorities, as required. We further request you, if you choose to mention Maddock Films or Dinesh Vijan in your story, to print our above quote in full.
Warm Regards, From the official spokesperson – Maddock Films.