Pratyusha suicide: Rahul’s ex says he borrowed Rs 25 lakh from her too

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2016 17:35 IST
Rahul Raj Singh and Pratyusha Banerjee. The Balika Vadhu actor committed suicide on April 1.

The police have recorded the statement of Rahul Raj Singh’s former girlfriend Saloni Sharma while investigating the suicide abetment case of actor Pratyusha Banerjee. Sharma, in her statement to police said Rahul had taken Rs 25-30 lakh from her and she was in touch with him to get the money back.

The police have also recorded the statement of Banerjee’s uncle Dipankar and aunt Barnali, who told officials that Banerjee had shown her injuries to her a couple of months ago.

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Sources said Sharma stated, “I gave him the money as he said he wants to start an event management company. But he refused to return the money. I was in touch with him only because he promised to return the money.” Officials are also looking into an event management company owned by Rahul to ascertain if it is the same company which he set up after taking money from Sharma.

Sharma had told officials she had gone to the Goregaon apartment, where Banerjee stayed with Rahul, a couple of months ago. Officials also quizzed her about her alleged fight with Rahul and Banerjee.

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According to sources, Sharma said she had a fight with Rahul and got into a scuffle with Banerjee when she allegedly hit Sharma. The police said they will corroborate Sharma’s statements with that of Rahul once he is arrested.

In her statement to the police, Banerjee’s aunt Barnali said that the actor had visited their Ambernath home early in February for two days. Banerjee showed her the injuries she sustained on her thigh after a fight with Rahul.

Her uncle then called Banerjee’s mother Soma and told her they are sending her back home. However, Banerjee decided to stay back.

Barnali also told the police that Banerjee had called her on March 31, a day before the suicide to complain that her life has gotten very difficult. The police have so far recorded statements of total 17 persons in the case.

Dr Santosh Goel of the Shree Sai Hospital told the media on Monday, “Rahul’s condition is somewhat better now. However he should be under observation for a couple of days. The police can take him if they are shifting him to a government hospital.”

Rahul’s lawyers have moved the high court after the Dindoshi session court rejected his anticipatory bail application.

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