Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend and flatmate Siddharth Pithani has said the Central Bureau of Investigation that eight hard drives were destroyed on 8 June, before the actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty left the house for good. Sushant died on 14 June, and his family has accused Rhea of abetting his death.
Sources said that Sushant and Rhea had a fight, following which she moved out of his house, after having stayed there during the coronavirus lockdown. Siddharth said that he wasn’t aware of the contents of the hard drives, but noted that an IT person came to the house and conducted the process with both Sushant and Rhea present. He named house help Dipesh Sawant and cook Neeraj Singh as being witnesses to this.
Vikas Singh, the lawyer hired by Sushant’s father said that he suspects a larger conspiracy. “I think there’s something very sinister in this entire episode and it appears that there is the involvement of some big people in the case. The first thing that should happen is the suspension of Mumbai Commissioner of Police and DCP of that area,” Vikas Singh said.
CBI has questioned Siddharth and Neeraj twice and has also grilled Sushant’s CA Sandeep Sridhar and his former accountant Rajat Mewati. The case is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, as the FIR filed against Rhea by Sushant’s father also alleges that she misappropriated the actor’s funds.
The ED during its investigation found evidence of a drug angle to the case, following which the Narcotics Control Bureau launched its own investigation. “We received a letter from ED on 25 August, stating that during their probe into the financial aspects, they found that drug was supplied to Rhea and Sushant. An NCB team will now conduct an inquiry and people involved will be questioned,” NCB director Rakesh Asthana said.
Rhea discussed buying ‘2 bags of weed’
New WhatsApp messages, accessed by a news channel, allegedly reveal actor Rhea Chakraborty’s conversations about procuring drugs. Reports claims to have accessed hundreds of messages between Rhea and other members of Sushant Singh Rajput’s staff.
In a January 2020 exchange, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda texted Rhea, “Hi, can you give Dipesh Rs 17,000 for 2 bags of weed? 1 for us & another for him & he will transfer it to us,” to which she replied, “Ya, we could.”
In April 2020, Dipesh texted Rhea, “Getting green for Rs 5K, 1 bag.” Rhea also asked Dipesh, “We currently have hash, right?” Dipesh is reported to have texted Rhea, “One of my friends called me said his Peddy is gonna deliver it her in Bandra it is the same stuff we get from our ped.” Rhea texted, “Don’t get for now.”
In a November 2019 exchange between Rhea and her talent manager Jaya Saha, the actor reportedly thanked her for procuring certain substances for her. “So glad you’ve sent this,” Rhea texted Jaya, and Jaya asked, “Did it help at all?” “Yes calmed him down quite a bit,” Rhea wrote back.
In previously accessed conversations between Rhea and Sushant’s business manager Shruti Modi, they discussed his use of marijuana. “He was to completely stop weed and he said he quit it since yesterday. He has gone off to sleep I am leaving for the day,” two messages, from a contact saved as Shruti 2, read. The messages suggest that despite constant medical care, Sushant was ‘still not healing’ and that his doctor should be consulted about further treatment.
Rhea’s lawyer has dismissed the reports. “Rhea has never consumed drugs in her life ever. She is ready for a blood test,” he said in a statement. Responding to the messages, Vikas Singh, the lawyer representing Sushant’s family, said that it was ‘highly illegal’ for drugs to be administered to the late actor without his knowledge. He denied that Sushant was a drug user. “Sushant was a fitness freak, someone who believed in yoga and meditation. He never did hard drugs or had such a clandestine lifestyle and consumption,” he said.