Who took Rs 24 lakh from Pratyusha’s account? Police on money trail

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2016 17:45 IST
Rahul Raj Singh and Pratyusha Banerjee. The police is trying to find who took Rs 24 lakh from the actress’ bank account.

The Bangur Nagar police are looking into the bank account details of both Pratyusha Banerjee after learning Rs 24 lakh was withdrawn from Banerjee’s account between November last year till date. The police have sent Rahul’s medical reports to JJ Hospital for a second opinion to decide if he can be arrested.

Based on the statements of Banerjee’s parents, the police have learnt Rs 24 lakh was withdrawn from Banerjee’s account. Police sources said her parents have said that Pratyusha’s bank balance has been emptied and the trail of the money is not known to them.

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Sources said they suspect Rahul has removed the huge sum of Rs 24 lakh over a period of time. This amount is earned through reality shows including Bigg Boss and Power Couple, the police believe.

The police will be approaching various banks including those where Pratyusha had a joint account with her mother to find the trail of the missing amount. Officials will study the bank statements over the course of this week for any discrepancies.

The police also said Rahul is in possession of Pratyusha’s debit and credit cards.

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While the investigation of the case is affected as Rahul is admitted at Shree Sai Hospital for “suicidal tendencies and depression” since Sunday, the police have sent his medical reports to JJ Hospital. Officials gathered the reports on Thursday evening from the private hospital in Kandivli where Rahul is admitted.

Officials will decide on the question of Rahul’s arrest based on the response of the panel of JJ doctors. The panel of JJ doctors are likely to submit their reply to the police by Friday, said police sources.

Meanwhile, the police have also pinned their hopes on the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) as evidence sent to them could help officials to determine what drove Banerjee to suicide. Police have sent seized phones of Banerjee and Rahul to the FSL to recover any deleted data from their phone. Police are hoping if Banerjee had left any message on the phone or for any lead in the case.

Officials have also requested the FSL to get the couple’s e-mail accounts’ data along with their social networking websites’ data. Banerjee’s dress and dupatta, which she used to allegedly commit suicide have also been sent to the FSL.

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