Amidst the uproar surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abhishek Trimuke, the investigating officer appointed for the actor’s suspected suicide case, has stated that so far it is difficult to pin point a cause for Rajput’s depression. However, he does rule out rumours about Sushant losing out on films due to the alleged nepotism or gangism by top Bollywood producers.
By Mayur Lookhar
Edited by Ruchika Shah
It’s been a month and four days since actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Bandra apartment on 14 June. From troubled personal relationships to nepotism to gangism in Bollywood, Rajput’s demise has evoked a plethora of speculation and theories. Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and Bollywood bigwigs like Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Aditya Chopra and many more have drawn severe flak from aggrieved fans and social media trolls.
We spoke to DCP Abhishek Trimukhe, the man leading the probe into Sushant’s death.
Excerpts from the brief conversation.
Rhea Chakraborty had tweeted requesting the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah for a CBI inquiry into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh though believes there is no need for it. What is your reaction to these views?
I haven’t read both the views. I will look into what the State Home Minister has said. But this [views] is not pertaining to my authority. So, how do I comment on it? I can’t comment on that.
If I may, based on the investigation so far, were there any professional issues that bothered Rajput?
[Breaks in] No, our investigation is not complete yet. We have not arrived at any conclusion yet. Once we do, only then we will be able to tell you [something].
Have there been any concerns with regards to the relationship that Sushant shared with Rhea Chakraborty?
What she said to us [in police statement], we found nothing [untoward/dicey] in it. What she told us- that is relevant but what is being said on social media, that is not part of our investigation.
Should I assume then that Rhea shared a good relationship with Sushant?
Yeah, they shared a good relationship. She didn’t give any adverse comment on her relationship in her statement. Look, in an investigation, we can’t go by any assumption. Since the investigation is still on, I cannot conclude anything. I won’t be able to tell you anything.
A month on, is there any clarity on what was the main cause of Rajput’s depression?
Look, so far we haven’t found anything. Since I haven’t come to any conclusion yet, I really can’t pin point a particular reason. Once we arrive at that [cause], we will inform you accordingly.
Actor-YouTuber Kamaal Rashid Khan had claimed in a Tweet that few top Bollywood producers had banned Rajput.
Look, I don’t know about the Tweets. I am going by the facts which have come into my investigation. On the basis of that, I can say something. I’m not following them [KRK]. I will not be not be able to comment on that.
There were rumours of Sushant losing out on some 6-7 films due to alleged gangism by top Bollywood producers. Is there any truth to this?
No, so far we haven’t got any such facts.