What’s the thing with Sandip Ssingh’s alleged sexual assault case in Mauritius?

Beyond Bollywood contacted relevant authorities in Mauritius to find the truth about the rumoured sexual assault case of a minor allegedly at the hands of the Indian film producer in a Mauritius hotel in 2018.

By Mayur Lookhar

Sandip Ssingh

It’s not just Rhea Chakraborty or her family, but controversial producer Sandip Ssingh, too, has been copping a lot of criticism for his alleged suspicious conduct in the aftermant of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. If that wasn’t enough, Ssingh found himself under the cosh again after the story of a rumoured sexual assault of a minor in Mauritius resurfaced again.

For those uninitiated, in 2018 certain Indian publications had reported the particular story. A peeved Ssingh had threatened defamation, and even sent legal notice to a few publications asking them to pull out the story or face a Rs50 lakh defamation suit. This was a story that wasn’t widely covered and soon it emerged that some of the publications had indeed dropped the controversial story as Ssingh all along maintained that there was no FIR against him in Mauritius.

Two years on, with Ssingh being battered by some news channels, the rumoured sexual assault case has resurfaced again.

One Sushant Singh Rajput fan Instagrammed this picture which appears to be a screenshot of the alleged sexual assault report against Ssingh.

The above picture reads as a sexual assault report filed against Sandeep Vinodkumar Singh. While Sandip is spelled as Sandeeep, but the image of the man accused bears some resemblance to Sandip Ssingh.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on Thursday, 29 March, 2018 between 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, while the victim is listed as a Swiss minor who was also a guest at the Trou aux Biches, Beachcomber hotel, located in Mauritius Island. The alleged offence is said to have taken place in Room 221. The birthday, place of birth matches the details on Ssingh’s Wikipedia page. He’s also listed as a movie producer at GS Worldwide Entertainment. The name of Ssingh’s production firm is Legend Global Studio.

The image shows one Juspreet Singh Walia as the trip leader whose number we have blurred. That number is no longer active though. Apparently, as per the the controversial screenshot, Ssingh had visited Mauritius looking for locales to shoot and this visit is said to be backed by the Indian embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius.

We contacted the Indian embassy last week, briefed the matter to them. The secretary asked us to e-mail our queries to the Deputy High Commission office at Port Louis. It’s been close to a week, with another reminder call made few days ago, but we haven’t received any reply to our detailed e-mail asking about the authenticity of the alleged incident.

We contacted Trou aux Biches hotel, wishing to speak to the hotel/general manager but there was no response to our calls and e-mail.

Fortunately, last week, we had contacted the Trou aux Biches police station. One officer named Bishram listened to us patiently and agreed to inspect whether such an offence did happen on 29 March, 2018. A day later, we called the police station, Bishram wasn’t available but one of his colleague officer Narayan spoke to us.

“Bishram had informed about your query. We have looked through our records and found no such sexual assault case,” Narayan told Beyond Bollywood.

Despite Narayan’s clarification, we still wanted one from the Indian embassy and the hotel, but so far we haven’t heard from either of them.

Ssingh was a journalist earlier before he moved into production. He worked as the CEO of Sanjay Leela Productions briefly and then founded his own production Legend Global Studio in 2015. Ssingh has produced films like Sarbjit [2016], Bhoomi [2017] and the unofficial biopic PM Narendra Modi [2019].

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