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ED files money laundering case

 NEW DELHI, July 31 - The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed a money laundering case on the basis of a Bihar Police FIR in which Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has accused actress Rhea Chakraborty and her family of abetting the Bollywood actor’s suicide.

 The Central probe agency had recently called for the Bihar Police first investigation report (FIR) and after studying it, the ED decided to slap charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials said.

They said an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) has been filed against the accused named in the Bihar Police FIR that includes Chakraborty, her family and six others.

Chakraborty and some others are expected to be called for questioning in the case soon, official sources said.

Rajput, 34, was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra area on June 14.

The ED is understood to have taken up the case after it analysed the contents of the FIR and gathered some independent information about Rajput’s income, bank accounts and companies.

More such details and another FIR filed by the Mumbai Police to probe Rajput’s death will be part of the ED’s probe, according to the officials.

Rajput’s father Krishna Kumar Singh (74), who resides in Patna, had on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Bihar Police against Chakraborty, her family members and six others for abetment to suicide of his son and fraud.

Singh has accused Chakraborty, a budding TV and film actress and purported girlfriend of Rajput, of having befriended his son in May, 2019 with the intention of furthering her own career. – PTI

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