The Bombay High Court
on Thursday reserved its verdict on a petition filed by Sushant Singh Rajput
‘s sisters and said that one could make out from the actor’s face that he was “innocent”.
A bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik reserved its verdict on the petition filed by Priyanka Singh and Meetu Singh seeking to quash an FIR against them by Rhea Chakraborty for alleged forgery and fabrication of a medical prescription for the late actor.
“Whatever the case be, from Sushant Singh Rajput’s face one could make out that he was innocent and sober and a good human being,” Justice Shinde said. “Everybody liked him, especially in that MS Dhoni film,” he added.
Besides the Rajput sisters, the FIR, which was lodged by Rhea on September 7, also named a doctor, Tarun Kumar, from Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. As per Rhea’s complaint, the sisters, along with the doctor, fabricated fake prescriptions for Sushant so that he could purchase anti-depressants.
Advocate Vikas Singh, who represented the Rajput sisters, stated in the court that Telemedicine Practice guidelines permitted a doctor to prescribe medicines after online consultation.
He added that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sushant could not go for physical consultations and hence, the online prescription.
However, senior counsel Devdutt Kamat, appearing for the Mumbai police, claimed that no online consultation was done and that a WhatsApp chat between Sushant and his sister on June 8, 2020, showed that Priyanka procured the prescription without any consultation, online or otherwise.
“The police has evidence to show that an unidentified man went to the OPD of the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital on June 8, 2020, and took a token and later, a prescription from the accused doctor Tarun Kumar,” Kamat said. Advocate Satish Maneshinde, appearing for Rhea, sought dismissal of the petition and said that one of the circumstances that may have led to Sushant’s death was the “dangerous cocktail of drugs and narcotic substances and medicines”.
“Rajput was under Rhea’s care for 14 months before June 8, 2020, when he asked her to leave the house. During that period, Rhea ensured that Rajput took his medicines and never mixed them with drugs,” he stated.
Sushant was found dead in his Bandra apartment on June 14, 2020, post which his father KK Singh had filed an FIR against Rhea and her family, claiming cheating, money laundering and abetting his son’s suicide. The case was later transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the agency is currently probing into the actor’s death.
In Photos: From Maanav in Pavitra Rishta to Annirudh in Chhichhore, roles that defined Sushant Singh Rajput
Tracing Sushant Singh Rajput’s life in films
Sushant Singh Rajput’s tryst with the camera began with a chance sighting. Ekta Kapoor’s casting team spotted him in a play by Nadira Babbar’s theatre company and invited him to audition for a show. It set the ball rolling on the then-aspiring hero’s career. A look:
Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008)
Sushant made his television debut as Preet Juneja on this show. The character was killed early on, but was brought back as a spirit for the series finale, owing to his popularity.
Pavitra Rishta (2009)
The next year, he landed the lead role of Manav Deshmukh in the hit show, widely considered to be his breakout role and a stepping stone to films. While working on this Ekta Kapoor production, he also met his future girlfriend, Ankita Lokhande, who played the female lead.
Kai Po Che! (2013)
After participating in two dance-based reality shows— Zara Nachke Dikha 2 and Jhalak Dikhhla Ja 4—Sushant auditioned for this Abhishek Kapoor directorial, and bagged one of the three lead roles alongside Rajkummar Rao and Amit Sadh. His portrayal of former district-level cricketer Ishaan Bhatt, who falls prey to politics in the selection process, in the critical and commercial success earned him raves.
Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
Sushant followed it up with this Maneesh Sharma-directed Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor co-starrer. The romance comedy-drama was set in Jaipur and revolved around youngsters’ take on love and live-in relationships.
In Rajkumar Hirani’s satirical comedy-drama led by Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma, Sushant had a brief yet notable role.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015)
Dibakar Banerjee’s mystery thriller featured the actor in the titular role, a character created by Bengali writer Sharanindu Bandopadhyay. Set in the Kolkata of the 1940s, the film was reportedly to get a sequel with Sushant reprising his role.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)
Neeraj Pandey’s biographical drama that traces the journey of the eponymous former Indian skipper-wicket keeper saw Sushant take on another titular role. The film, which also featured Kiara Advani and Disha Patani, secured for Sushant his first Filmfare Best Actor nomination the following year.
In Dinesh Vijan’s directorial debut, a reincarnation-themed romance actioner, Sushant was paired opposite Kriti Sanon and the duo played star-crossed lovers. The film featured Jim Sarbh, Rajkumar Yadav and Varun Dharma in supporting roles.
The actor reunited with Abhishek ‘Gattu’ Kapoor to headline Sara Ali Khan’s launch vehicle. The inter-faith love story was set against the backdrop of the pilgrim site and revolved around a Muslim boy who falls in love with a rich Brahmin girl.
Co-written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film is set in the Chambal ravines of 1975 and tells the story of a group of dacoits. It also featured Manoj Bajpayee, Bhumi Pednekar, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana.
Sushant followed it up with one of the biggest successes of his career with this Nitesh Tiwari-directed campus comedy-drama. The film won five Filmfare nods, including Best Film and Best Director. It was also Sushant’s last theatrical release.