The city police have prepared a detailed questionnaire for Rahul Raj Singh, boyfriend of actor Pratyusha Banerjee, who has been booked for abetting her suicide. The police plan to quiz Rahul about his finances and allegations of assault and harassment made by Banerjee’s parents.
So far, statements of 17 people, apart from Banerjee’s parents, have been recorded in connection with the case. Most of the witnesses have claimed Singh used to harass Banerjee. One of them has told the police about an incident where Singh slapped Banerjee in public.
The police are not yet clear on what may have pushed Banerjee to take the extreme step. As Singh was the last person she interacted with before committing suicide, only he can throw light on the sequence of events, said a police officer. Singh’s father Harshvardhan said on Tuesday, “Rahul is innocent. We will fully cooperate with the police investigation.”
Investigating officers are concentrating on the finance angle to find the Rs24 lakh missing from Banerjee’s bank account. Singh told the police on April 1 he went to a church in the morning and returned later for a nap.
In the afternoon, he claimed he left home to fetch food from Lokhandwala. When he came back, Banerjee was not answering the doorbell, he said. So Singh got a cook from a flat in the neighbourhood to enter through the balcony, who then found Banerjee hanging from the ceiling.
Police will question Singh about his relationship with Banerjee, in the light of fresh allegations made by Banerjee’s mother Soma that he beat her up, abused her and also intimidated her. Soma had told the police that Banerjee was so scared after a fight once that she ran out of the bedroom. The police registered a case of suicide abetment, assault and criminal intimidation on Soma’s complaint on April 5.
Singh has been admitted to Shree Sai Hospital in Kandivli for acute depression since April 3.