Actress Rhea Chakraborty was being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case for about eight hours on Friday. The actress was questioned in connection with the money laundering case.
Rhea Chakraborty arrived with her brother to the agency’s Ballard Estate office shortly before noon and left around 8:30 PM. Her father Indrajit Chakraborty, Showik, Chartered Accountant (CA) Ritesh Shah and business manager Shruti Modi, who also worked for Rajput, were also questioned.
The actress has been called again on August 10. According to officials, the statements of Rhea, Modi and Showik were recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED’s line of questioning, officials said, revolved around Chakraborty’s income, investments, business deals and professional deals and links.
A property located in the Khar area of the city, linked to Chakraborty, is also being searched by the ED for the source of its purchase and ownership.
ED has said while Chakraborty has filed Income Tax Returns stating an income of about Rs 14 lakh, the value of her investments are reportedly higher. According to reports the actress’s father is a retired defence personnel who gets a pension of about Rs one lakh per month.
Rhea Chakraborty initially refused to appear before the agency citing her appeal pending before the Supreme Court. In view to this her advocate Satish Maneshinde said,”In view of the fact that the ED has informed the media that the request to postpone her attendance is rejected, Rhea has appeared before the ED office.
Chakraborty has filed a petition in the apex court requesting that the case lodged by the Bihar police against her be transferred to the Mumbai police. The plea will be heard next week. The ED is learned to have confronted Rhea, Showik and Modi with certain bank statements that purportedly show the transfer of the small amount of sums into the accounts of Showik from Rajput’s and Rhea Chakraborty’s accounts.
Meanwhile, the ED had summoned Rajput’s friend and roommate Siddharth Pithani to appear on Saturday in connection with this money laundering case that stems from a complaint filed by the actor’s father with the Bihar Police in connection with his death, they said.