Rahul has not been honest from the day of Pratyusha’s death: Lawyer

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 16:14 IST
A file picture of Pratyusha Banerjee and Rahul Raj Singh.

A day after Mumbai police booked Rahul Raj Singh for abetment of suicide in Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide, advocate Neeraj Gupta, who was representing Rahul, withdrew from the case. Advocate Ashok Sarogi, who has taken on Rahul as his client, has filed for an anticipatory bail. The bail hearing is scheduled at Dindoshi session court.

While speaking to Hindustan Times, Gupta said his values do not allow him to fight a case where a girl has died because of someone. “My soul did not allow me to continue with this. What my parents have taught me goes against this. A girl has died here because of someone else and what he did,” Gupta said.

Read: Rahul tortured Pratyusha, drove her to suicide, claim parents

Gupta added Rahul was not honest since the day Banerjee died. Rahul allegedly told Gupta that he and Banerjee shared a happy and a healthy relationship. Gupta claimed he was not aware of the fights between the duo and the fresh allegations that Rahul used to torture her.

Pratyusha committed suicide on Friday allegedly after a fight with Rahul. The police had initially questioned Rahul but let him go. In the last few days, Pratyusha’s friends and family has claimed Rahul’s abusive behaviour drove the actor to suicide. Her parents said at a press conference on Tuesday, “Rahul should either be hanged or kept in prison for the rest of his life. He has ruined our daughter’s life, she should get justice.”

On Tuesday, Pratyusha’s friends such as actor Kamya Punjabi and producer Vikas Gupta alleged that she was tortured by Rahul and his ex-girlfriend Saloni Sharma. They also said that Pratyusha wanted out of the relationship and was also thinking about filing a case against her boyfriend.

Rahul and his family, however, insisted that Pratyusha took the drastic step as she was in an acute financial mess. “We were a happy couple and were thinking about marriage. Financial crisis drove her to suicide,” Rahul said in an interview.

All the deatils of Pratyusha suicide case

April 1, 4.30 - 5pm: Rahul Raj Singh, boyfriend of actress Pratyusha Banerjee reached their house and found her hanging from the ceiling. He rushed her to Kokilaben Hospital with the help of the cook and a few others.

7.15 pm: Authorities from the Kokilaben Hospital informed the police about the death.

7.25 pm: The police reached Banerjee’s apartment and conducted a punchnama

Around midnight: Banerjee’s body was sent to Siddharth Hospital for a post mortem

April 2, 12.15 pm: Banerjee’s parents reached the hospital. Rahul also arrived in a police vehicle. Police record statements of Banerjee’s parents and Rahul at the autopsy centre.

5.45 pm: Rahul Raj was taken to Bangur Nagar police station for further inquiries.

Evening: Banerjee was cremated at Oshiwara

Night: Rahul was allowed to go. He left the police station with his father, aunt and lawyer.

April 3, 11 am: Rahul complained of chest pain after watching media reports. He was admitted to Shree Sai Hospital. Doctors told his family he was under severe stress.

Noon: Banerjee’s apartment was searched for a second time.

Evening: Kamya Punjabi, Vishal Gupta, Adaa Khan and Shashank Vyas hold a press conference, allege Banerjee wanted to leave Rahul and file a case against him.

April 4: Police recorded statements and studied financial details of the couple as well as their call records. They found that Banerjee was facing financial issues. She was struggling to pay the rent.

April 5: Police register case against Rahul based on a fresh complaint by Banerjee’s mother, Soma.

Key witnesses

Keymaker: The keymaker was called by Rahul when he did not get a response to the door.

Cook: Sunil Mukhiya, a cook working in the neighbourhood, saw Rahul outside his house and then entered the room from the balcony. He first spotted Banerjee hanging.

Banerjee’s parents: Based on statements of her parents, the police have registered a case against Rahul.

Watch | Pratyusha Banerjee’s parents want ‘tortorous Rahul’ to rot in jail

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