Pratyusha suicide: SC refuses to cancel Rahul Raj’s anticipatory bail

  • HT Correspodent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 30, 2016 15:34 IST
Police have booked Rahul for abetment of suicide but Pratyusha’s parents say she was murdered. (PTI)

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a petition challenging the bail to actor Rahul Raj Singh, accused of abetting the alleged suicide by actress Pratyusha Banerjee who had wooed the nation in a hit TV series.

Pratyusha, who was in a relationship with Rahul, allegedly committed suicide on April 1 at her apartment in Mumbai.

Police have booked Rahul for abetment of suicide but Pratyusha’s parents say she was murdered.

A vacation bench of justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy said there was “no compelling or strong reason” for them to interfere with the Bombay high court that gave pre-arrest bail to Rahul. He had approached the high court after the trial court refused to grant him relief.

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The bench referred to the trial court judge’s observation and said though there were differences between the two actors, the last conversation reflected there was intense bond of love too. “In the conversation they express love,” the bench said.

The SC also told the parents’ counsel that preliminary investigation points to a case of abetment to suicide.

“The investigation is still on,” the judges said, allowing the parents to withdraw the appeal.

Prayusha and Rahul Raj Singh in a picture from her Instagram profile. (Instagram)

Pratyusha’s family says that “inexplicable injury marks” on her body indicate it was not a suicide but murder.

In her appeal before the apex court, Pratyusha’s mother alleged that police did not deliberately arrest him for over a week, giving him time to approach the HC.

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“By granting anticipatory bail, the high court has deprived the police authorities the critical opportunity of custodial interrogation of the accused which could have thrown significant light on the death of the deceased and the role of the accused with respect to the same,” the appeal said.

Born in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Pratyusha, 24, became a household in the country name after portraying the character of Anandi in the hit TV serial Balika Vadhu.

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