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 Information Report (FIR) and after studying it, the ED decided to slap charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials said.
They said that 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 Enforcement Directorate 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.
The ED will probe these allegations of mishandling and purported diversion of Rajput’s money and operation of his bank accounts. The agency will probe if anyone used Rajput’s income and his companies for money laundering and creating illegal assets, the officials said. The ED has powers to attach properties of the accused under the PMLA.