Rahul Raj Singh, boyfriend of TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee who allegedly committed suicide on Friday, was admitted to a Mumbai hospital on Sunday. Singh’s lawyer Neeraj Gupta told ANI that Rahul is suffering from depression and complained of chest pain, after which he was taken to the hospital.
He added that Singh felt unwell around 10 am on Sunday when he was supposed to leave for the police station. “He is suffering from depression and chest pain. He was missing Pratyusha a lot,” the lawyer said.
Rahul’s friend Saila Chadda, who took him to the hospital, said that he is almost on the verge of madness and hence, the family decided to hospitalise him. “He is traumatised so badly that he can probably go under shock or go mad. Anything can happen to him. So we decided to admit him in the hospital. With consent of all legal advisors we have brought him here,” she said.
“The world may go against him. But my gut feeling is he is clear as the way he cried the whole time. I was a witness to it, none of you were there then,” she added.
When asked whether the this depression was because of the police interrogation, lawyer Neeraj Gupta denied it, “He did not have any problem with the interrogation. He co-operated with the cops. He is traumatised after Pratyusha’s death,” he said.
He is suffering from depression and chest pain. He has been hospitalized today-Rahul Raj's lawyer Neeraj Gupta to ANI #PratyushaBanerjee— ANI (@ANI_news) April 3, 2016
Singh was questioned by the Mumbai Police on Saturday in connection with Pratyusha’s suicide. The Balika Vadhu actor was found hanging from the ceiling in her Mumbai apartment. In his statement to police, Rahul said, “When I entered the bedroom, I found Pratyusha hanging from the ceiling. I got very scared. Immediately, I called the neighbours and with their help, I took her to Kokilaben Hospital. We assumed that she was alive, but she was not. I got so scared that I did not inform the police. It was the hospital authorities who informed them. After the doctor’s declaration, I called up Pratyusha’s family members and a few of our close friends.”
The police said they detained Singh for questioning but have not found anything incriminating against him, and he was let off late on Saturday. A police officer privy to the investigations said, “We have recorded statements of both her parents and they have not levelled any allegations against Singh. We have not found anything against Singh so far.”
Banerjee was allegedly reprimanded by Singh for drinking too much at a party, which was held at their apartment the day before, less than an hour before she hanged herself. The next morning before going to the church, Singh asked Banerjee to come along but she refused, sources said, adding, that after Singh got home from the church, the couple napped and Singh woke up around 1pm.
A police source said Singh had reprimanded Banerjee after he found her consuming alcohol in the afternoon. He then freshened up, and before taking another nap, asked her to wake him up in a while.
Banerjee woke Singh up around 2.45pm following which he went out to get lunch and returned home around 3.15pm. Singh’s advocate Neeraj Gupta said, “Rahul found that the door was locked from within and he had not taken a key. He called Banerjee on her phone several times, but did not get an answer. He also dropped a text message.”
After calling her several times, Singh fetched a key maker, who tried to open the lock, Gupta added. The police said a cook from the neighbouring flat eventually entered their flat through a window.
Around 4.30pm, Banerjee was found hanging from the ceiling, the police said, adding that Singh rushed her to Kokilaben Hospital and then called Banerjee’s uncle before informing her parents and close friends.
The police said Singh spoke to someone after getting Banerjee to the hospital, switched off his phone and then left the hospital. But he was later found by the police and they added this is the only reason they have detained him for questioning.
Advocate Neeraj Gupta, who is representing Singh, said, “Let the police investigate the case. My client is innocent.” When asked if the couple had a fight, Gupta rubbished them as baseless rumours. He also refuted claims of a financial dispute.