Pratyusha Banerjee suicide: Rahul Raj Singh’s anticipatory bail rejected

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2016 14:13 IST
A file picture of Pratyusha Banerjee and Rahul Raj Singh.

A sessions court rejected the anticipatory bail application of Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh on Thursday. Rahul was booked for abetment to suicide on April 5 after Pratyusha’s mother Soma pressed charges against him.

Pratyusha’s father and mother were present in the court. Soma, talking to Hindustan Times, said, “We hope Pratyusha will get justice. He will suffer for life. We still doubt she was killed.”

Datta Mudiganti, public prosecutor, argued that there were injury marks on Pratyusha’s body as per statements which indicates Pratyusha was assaulted. The prosecutor also told the court that Rahul had left Pratyusha at Kokilaben hospital and had also switched off his phone.

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Advocate, Falguni Bramhabhatt assisting the prosecution, said, “Case is at a very preliminary stage. It can be a murder hence interrogation of accused is necessary.”

In his application, Rahul stated that Banerjee may have committed suicide because of the financial stress. Banerjee had loans from four banks and she was unable to pay her installments on time, the application read. Rahul also said that recovery agents had come to seize Pratyusha’s car but he intervened and did not let them take the vehicle.

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Rahul said that he has been paying the rent for the Goregaon apartment and had paid Rs 1 lakh as security deposit. “The prize money of the reality show Power Couple was divided equally among the duo but Rahul gave 90% of the money to Pratyusha out of love as he was going to marry her,” the application states.

Rahul also mentioned he gave Banerjee a diamond ring among other ornaments. He also claimed the FIR registered by Banerjee’s mother Soma is “false and fabricated” and that he is “falsely implicated in the case because of the media and press.”

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