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Sushant Singh Rajput death case| Bihar police record statement of his friend Siddharth Pithani

Sushant Singh Rajput. File

Sushant Singh Rajput. File   | Photo Credit: AP

Bihar police have recorded the statement of Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend and creative content manager Siddharth Pithani in connection with the actor’s death, an official said on Tuesday.

A team of the Bihar police is in Mumbai to probe Rajput’s death after his father lodged a complaint in Patna against the late actor’s friend Rhea Chakraborty and other members of her family for allegedly abetting his suicide.

Siddharth Pithani was summoned by the Bihar police team on Monday evening and his statement was recorded, the official said.

He was staying with the actor for the past one year, police earlier said.

The Bihar police also recorded the statement of Rajput’s manager Deepesh Sawant, the official said, adding that they have so far recorded statements of 10 people. Earlier, the Bihar police team recorded statements of Rajput’s sister, former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande, director Rumi Jaffrey, his cook, friends and doctor, he said.

Mumbai police also earlier quizzed Pithani in connection with the actor’s death. Rajput, 34, was found dead at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14. Mumbai police had registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) and an investigation is under way in the case.

Till now, the Mumbai police have recorded statements of 56 people, including Rajput’s sisters, Chakraborty and some other film personalities.

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An IPS officer from Bihar, Vinay Tiwari, who landed in Mumbai on Sunday for supervising the probe in the case being conducted by police from that State, was quarantined under the coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations in force in the metropolis.

Last week, Rajput’s father Krishna Kumar Singh (74) lodged a complaint in Patna against Rhea Chakraborty and six others, including her family members, for alleged abetment to suicide.

The Patna case was registered under various IPC Sections including 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 306 (abetment of suicide).

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Mr. Singh accused Chakraborty, a budding TV and film actor, of having befriended his son in May 2019 with the intention of furthering her own career. Rajput starred in films such as “Shuddh Desi Romance, Raabta, Kedarnath, Chhichhore and Sonchiriya. His most prominent role was that of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

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