SSR death case: In the latest development in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, actor Rhea Chakraborty had filed a police complaint against Sushant’s sisters Priyanka Singh and Mitu Singh, and also Dr. Tarun Kumar, an associate professor of cardiology in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, for forgery, NDPS Act and Tele Medicine Practice Guidelines 2020, for having sent a bogus medical prescription depicting SSR as an Out-Patient Department person. The Bandra police station has registered a first information report (FIR) against all of them under section 464, 465, 466, 468, 474, 306, 120 (B), 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with section 8 (c), 21, 22, and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
N Ambika, the deputy commissioner of police (DCP) (headquarters-1) and a spokesperson for Mumbai Police, said, “As per Rhea’s complaint, an FIR has been registered at Bandra police station. In line with the Supreme Court’s (SC) order, the case is duly transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further investigation.”
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On Monday, Rhea, who is at the center of a raging controversy over her boyfriend’s death, filed a six-page complaint against the three persons cited above at Bandra police station for allegedly prescribing medicines for the deceased that is banned under the NDPS Act, 1985 and the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines, 2020.
The complaint will further queer the pitch in the high-profile SSR death case that has caught the nation’s imagination.
The CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have been carrying out separate probes into the case.
In the complaint filed on Monday, Chakraborty accused Priyanka Singh of acquiring a “bogus medical prescription” from the accused doctor for Rajput. Chakraborty claimed that Rajput died 5 days after these medicines were wrongly prescribed to him.
She added that since investigations in the case are ongoing, Priyanka Singh and the doctor too must be interrogated. “It is imperative that actions of Priyanka Singh, Dr. Tarun Kumar, and others be investigated and that it be determined as to how they came to provide the deceased with such a bogus and unlawful prescription,” the complaint stated.
The complaint was filed on the basis of WhatsApp exchanges between the actor and his sister. It stated that as per the retrieved chats, three medicines were prescribed to Rajput by his sister. Chakraborty has alleged that Priyanka Singh asked Rajput to take Librium for a week, Nexito every day, and Lonazep for “whenever there is [an] anxiety attack”.
This act of prescribing the psychotropic medicines without any consultation or examination was in violation of the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, the actor stated, according to Bar and Bench.
Besides this, the complaint further said that the medicines prescribed by Kumar, who is an assistant professor of cardiology from the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, were illegally prescribed as such drugs cannot be prescribed electronically without consultation. This, the actor said, was in violation of the Telemedicine Practice Guidelines of 2020.
Rajput was found dead in his apartment in Bandra on June 14, in what the Mumbai Police said was a case of suicide. The Narcotics Control Bureau is the latest agency to be drawn into the case involving the death of the 34-year-old actor, which is already being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate. Chakraborty is the key accused in the case.
A court in Mumbai on Saturday sent Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik Chakraborty and Rajput’s former house manager Samuel Miranda to the Narcotics Control Bureau’s custody till September 9. They were arrested on Friday night after the agency had searched their homes. The narcotics bureau is now questioning Rhea Chakraborty in the case.
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