SSR Latest News 2021: It has been a year and today’s date marks the commemoration of the Dil Bechara actor Sushant Singh Rajput who committed suicide last year on June 14, 2020, at his residence in Bandra that shook the entire nation and his fans with deep sorrow.
Sushant Singh Rajput First Death Anniversary: SSR was a mechanical engineering graduate turned actor who started working in TV serials that got him initial success with his role as Manav Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta. Sushant’s film career debuted with Kai Po Che! in 2013, but majorly got noticed only after he played the role of famous Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biographical film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Sushant won numerous television awards and was even nominated twice for the best actor category in Filmfare awards.
Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty: After the actor’s death, the Mumbai police took its hands on the SSR suicide case. Sushant Singh Rajput’s family alleged that Rhea Chakraborty (Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend), had abetted the alleged suicide and registered a case against her in Patna, Bihar.
The case was later transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and within the next few months, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) joined the probe with a completely different angle pointing to the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
Let’s take a look at all the major events and disclosures that happened in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case from the very first day of the investigation.
June 14, 2020: Nation Mourns Rajput’s Death
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment, his team confirmed his death, “It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work as they have done so far. We request the media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief.”
June 15, 2020: Storm Of Comments & Nepotism In Bollywood
Kangana Ranaut and many others accused a section of people from the Bollywood film industry of not acknowledging the late actor, debunking the suicide theory.
June 16, 2020: Maharashtra Home Minister Comments
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh cited various media reports claiming that SSR battled clinical depression induced by professional rivalry, an angle which Mumbai police will focus on while investigating the death case.
June 17, 2020: Mukesh Chhabra’s Statement Recorded
Casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s statement was recorded by the Mumbai police to understand the reasons behind Rajput’s depression. Besides, a case was also filed in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur against the film industry professionals, namely – Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and Ekta Kapoor.
June 18, 2020: SSR’s Ashes Were Immersed In Holy Ganga
Sushant Singh Rajput’s family immersed his ashes in the Ganga river. Meanwhile, the Mumbai police summoned actress Rhea Chakraborty to Bandra police station to record her statement, also the investigating officers recorded statements of more than 10 people, including SSR’s family members.
June 20, 2020: SSR’s Managerial Staff – Statement Recorded
The Mumbai police recorded detailed statements of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s managerial staff on the entire incident.
June 24, 2020: Police Gets SSR’s Postmortem Report
Mumbai police received the final postmortem report signed by a team of five doctors suggesting “No struggle marks or external injuries” were found in the late actor’s body.
June 27, 2020: YRF’s Casting Director Interrogated
Mumbai police questioned casting director Shanoo Sharma and sought details of late actor’s contracts from the Yash Raj Films (YRF) production house at the Bandra Police Station.
July 4, 2020: Cloth Sent For Tensile Strength Analysis
Mumbai police sent the cloth to a forensic lab for “tensile strength” analysis to understand whether it can bear the weight of the late actor’s body.
July 7, 2020: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Statement Recorded
Sanjay Leela Bhansali gets interrogated by the Mumbai police. He also revealed during the interrogation that he offered him four films but the actor could not be a part of any due to the unavailability of his dates.
July 16, 2020: Rhea Confirmed She Was SSR’s Girlfriend
Actress Rhea Chakraborty for the first time confirms that she was SSR’s girlfriend and also requested a CBI inquiry into the matter.
July 18, 2020: Aditya Chopra’s Statement Recorded
Filmmaker and Yash Raj Films (YRF) chairman Aditya Chopra’s statement was recorded by the Mumbai police in the SSR suicide case.
July 20, 2020: 3 Psychiatrists & 1 Psychotherapist Interrogated
The Mumbai police recorded statements of three psychiatrists and one psychotherapist looking after SSR’s health and psychological behaviors.
July 21, 2020: Rajeev Masand’s Statement Recorded
Popular film critic and journalist Rajeev Masand summoned by the Mumbai police to record his statement on the SSR death case.
July 28, 2020: FIR Registered Against Rhea Chakraborty
Late actor’s father KK Singh lodged a complaint at a police station in Patna against actress Rhea Chakraborty, her family, and a few others alleging they abetted his son’s suicide, accusing the actress of extorting money from his son under the pretext of love. Meanwhile, Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta was also summoned on this day by the Mumbai police to record his statement, he was asked to carry the contract papers signed by SSR and the production house.
July 29, 2020: Bihar Police Team Reached Mumbai
A dedicated case team from the Bihar police reached Mumbai to probe the matter. On the other hand, actress Rhea Chakraborty moved to the Supreme Court seeking the case transfer of the FIR registered against her in Patna to Mumbai claiming that Bihar did not have jurisdiction in the matter.
July 30, 2020: Sushant Singh Rajput’s Family Filed Caveat
The family of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput filed a caveat in the Supreme Court on Rhea Chakraborty’s petition to transfer the case from Patna to Mumbai.
July 31, 2020: ED Registered ECIR & SC Dismissed PIL
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a money laundering case against Rhea and others on the basis of Sushant’s father’s FIR in Patna to look for a possible investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). BJP MLA and a relative of SSR, Niraj Kumar Singh Babloo said that the Maharashtra police were just doing a formality.
SC dismissed the PIL seeking transfer of probe into Rajput’s death case from Mumbai Police to the CBI. A special bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said that Mumbai police be allowed to do the job and if there is something, then a plea be filed before the Bombay High Court.
Also, actress Rhea Chakraborty broke her silence through a video – “I have immense faith in God and judiciary. I believe that I will get justice,” she further said that a lot of “horrible” things have been said about her in the electronic media but she has been refraining from commenting on the advice of her lawyers.
August 1, 2020: Uddhav Thackeray’s Comments On SSR Case
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “Sushant Singh Rajput case should not be politicised or used to create friction between Maharashtra and Bihar.”
August 2, 2020: Anil Deshmukh Condemned CBI Handover
Anil Deshmukh condemned the demand for Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case to be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
August 3, 2020: IPS Officer From Patna Forcibly Quarantined
IPS officer Vinay Tiwari and his police team from Patna probing into the case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was forcibly quarantined by the municipal authorities in Mumbai.
Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh said they were taking legal opinion to examine if Bihar police can investigate the case.
Bihar’s Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey said that the quarantine was not needed as per the guidelines of the Maharashtra government. Besides, BJP MLA Niraj Kumar Singh raised the issue of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in Bihar Legislative Assembly and demanded a CBI probe on the case.
Meanwhile, the ED team interrogated Sandip Shridhar, Chartered Accountant of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
August 4, 2020: Bihar CM Is Requested For CBI Handover
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Chirag Paswan, BJP leader Nishikant Dubey, and Sushant Singh Rajput’s father requested Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to further transfer Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case to the CBI.
Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab said the “Bihar government’s move to recommend a CBI probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case was politically motivated.”. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also slammed the demands for a CBI probe.
The Bombay High Court postponed a hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking transfer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case to the CBI due to heavy rains in Mumbai, meanwhile, the Bihar government recommended a CBI inquiry in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
August 5, 2020: Central Government Accepts CBI Probe Recommendation
The Centre issued a notification asking the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate SSR’s death case, a day after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar demanded a CBI probe.
SC directs the Centre, Bihar, and Maharashtra governments, Mumbai police and SSR’s father to file their replies on actress Rhea’s plea.
A PIL is filed in the SC for a court-monitored CBI probe into the death of Disha Salian, late actor SSR’s former Manager, claiming that both cases are inter-linked.
August 6, 2020: CBI Registered Case Against Rhea Chakraborty & Others
CBI registered a case against Rhea Chakraborty, Indrajit Chakraborty, Sandhya Chakraborty, Showik Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda, Shruti Modi, and others over SSR’s death case.
August 7, 2020: Bihar Govt. Files Affidavit In SC
Bihar government files an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the transfer petition filed by Rhea Chakraborty is “misconceived and not maintainable”.
The ED summoned actress Rhea Chakraborty in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case on August 7. Rhea, her chartered accountant Ritesh Shah and her former manager Shruti Modi appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the money laundering case.
Actress Rhea gets interrogated by the ED in Mumbai. Shruti Modi, the former business manager of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput was also questioned.
Meanwhile, Bihar’s IPS Vinay Tiwari, who was probing the matter in Mumbai, leaves for Patna and accused the municipal authorities in Mumbai of obstructing the probe.
August 8, 2020: SSR’s Father Filed Affidavit in SC
The father of the late actor, KK Singh filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming Rhea Chakraborty’s plea has become ‘infructuous’ since the case was transferred to the CBI.
Anil Deshmukh said the state government will abide by the Supreme Court’s order related to the Mumbai police probe.
Mumbai police filed a reply on Rhea’s plea in SC – “CBI should not have registered an FIR in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.”
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August 9, 2020: ED Quizzes Showik Chakraborty’s
The Enforcement Directorate interrogated Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik Chakraborty in Mumbai.
August 10, 2020: Rhea Files Fresh Plea In SC
Rhea files a fresh plea in the Supreme Court against the alleged “unfair media trial” in connection with the SSR death case.
August 11, 2020: SC Reserved Judgment On Rhea’s Plea
Chakraborty told the Supreme Court the Sushant Singh Rajput death case has been blown out of proportion as elections are due in Bihar and claimed she was being subjected to media trial due to “constant sensationalization” causing her “extreme trauma”.
She also submitted an additional affidavit filed in the apex court saying she should not be made “scapegoat of political agendas” in the case and alleged that Bihar CM is “reported” to be responsible for the registration of the FIR in Patna against her.
SC reserved its judgment on Rhea’s plea and asked all the parties to file their submissions.
August 13, 2020: CBI Files Submission In Apex Court
CBI files its submission in the apex court and also said that the CBI and ED should be allowed by the Supreme Court to continue their investigation.
August 15, 2020: ED Questions SSR’s Personal Staff
Rajput’s personal staff is questioned by the ED, including his domestic help, in connection with the money laundering case.
August 17, 2020: ED Records Statement of SSR’s Father
The ED recorded the statement of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh.
August 18, 2020: Rhea Chakraborty Gives Her Statement
On the day of SC’s verdict, Rhea submitted her statement via her lawyer – mentioning that she does not have any objection to a CBI probe but objects to the Bihar police’s jurisdiction to demand such a probe.
August 19, 2020: SC – FIR In Patna Legitimate, Orders CBI Probe
The Supreme Court ordered a CBI inquiry, said that the FIR registered at Patna was legitimate and that the state of Maharashtra chose not to challenge the order. SC also asked the Mumbai police to hand over all evidence collected by them so far in the case to the CBI.
August 22, 2020: Forensic Experts Investigate SSR’s Residence
The central agency team and forensic experts reached Rajput’s residence to conduct an investigation. “Rajput’s cook Neeraj and his flatmate Siddharth Pithani also accompanied the CBI team,” an official said.
August 24, 2020: CBI Interrogated Autopsy Doctors
The CBI team visited the Cooper Hospital to question the concerned doctors where Sushant Singh Rajput’s autopsy was done.
August 25, 2020: Pithani, Neeraj Singh & Deepesh Sawant Re-Interrogated
SSR’s flatmate Pithani, cook Neeraj Singh, and his domestic help Deepesh Sawant were re-interrogated by the CBI.
August 27, 2020: NCB Filed Criminal Case Against Rhea & Others
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) filed a criminal case against Rhea and others to probe their alleged dealings in banned drugs, an instance emerging from an investigation being conducted into SSR’s death case.
The ED obtained “deleted WhatsApp messages” after a forensic examination of her phone. The deleted messages, they said, allegedly indicate dealings in banned drugs and chats about the procurement and consumption of these drugs including cannabis.
August 28, 2020: Rhea Appeared Before The CBI
Rhea Chakraborty appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation for the first time since the start of the investigation.
August 29, 2020: Mumbai Police Provides Security To Rhea
Based on the request made by the CBI, the Mumbai police provided security to Rhea Chakraborty as she earlier claimed that there was a threat to her and her family’s life.
August 30, 2020: Rhea Gets Interrogated Third Time & Showik Summoned 4th Day
CBI called actress Rhea Chakraborty for the third consecutive day and her brother Showik Chakraborty was summoned for the fourth day in a row for interrogation, an official said. SSR’s manager Samual Miranda and domestic help Keshav also reached the guest house in the morning.
September 1, 2020: CBI Interrogates Rhea’s Parents
Rhea Chakraborty’s parents arrived at the DRDO guest house in Mumbai, for questioning by the CBI.
September 2, 2020: Rhea’s Father Interrogated For 2nd Consecutive Day
Rhea Chakraborty’s father, Indrajit, was questioned by the CBI for the second consecutive day in connection with the SSR death case for around 10 hours.
September 5, 2020: Showik and Miranda Remanded
The Mumbai court remanded Showik and Miranda, arrested in connection with the drugs probe to the custody of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) till 9th September. Kaizan Ibrahim, the alleged drug peddler, was also sent to 14-day judicial custody.
NCB arrested Dipesh Sawant in connection with a drugs probe, the officials said that the “ongoing investigation” reached to the count of seven.
CBI questioned Rhea in Special Investigation on issues including the medical treatment and medicines administered to SSR and mention of drugs in her Whatsapp chats.
September 6, 2020: Rhea’s Father Condemns Son’s Arrest
Rhea Chakraborty’s father Indrajit Chakraborty issued a statement condemning the arrest of his son, Showik – “Congratulations India, you have arrested my son, I’m sure next on the line is my daughter and I don’t know who is next thereafter. You have effectively demolished a middle-class family. But of course, for the sake of justice, everything is justified. Jai Hind,” the statement from Lt. Col Indrajit Chakraborty (Retd.).
Meanwhile, NCB also summoned Rhea for joining the probe, the agency also said that it wants to confront Rhea with Showik, Miranda and Sawant in order to ascertain their individual roles in this alleged drug racket after it obtained mobile phone chat records and other electronic data that suggested some banned drugs were allegedly being procured by these people.
Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde called the investigation a “witch hunt”.
September 7, 2020: Rhea Lodged FIR Against SSR’s Sister
Rhea filed a complaint with Mumbai police against Rajputs’ sister for sending him fake medical prescriptions.
September 8, 2020: Rhea Arrested After 3 Days Of Grilling
After three days of grilling, Rhea got arrested by NCB which deemed her as an “active member of the drug syndicate connected with drug suppliers.”, NCB also said that Rhea managed finance for drug procurement along with Sushant. Later, Rhea Chakraborty’s bail plea was rejected and the actress was sent to 14 days judicial custody by a magistrate’s court.
September 10, 2020: Rhea and Showik’s Bail Plea Rejected
Rhea Chakraborty and her younger brother Showik Chakraborty’s bail plea was rejected by the special court. Advocate Satish Manshinde shared in a statement that they are likely to approach High Court.
September 11, 2020: Other Bail Applications Rejected
A special NDPS court rejected the bail applications of Rhea Chakraborty, Showik Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda, Dipesh Sawant, Zaid Vilatra, and Abdul Basit.
September 14, 2020: NDPS Special Court Follow-Up
The special court observed Rhea and Showik were booked under a section of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that does not specify a quantity required to prove the offense. Their bail pleas before the special court had pleaded that the alleged quantity of marijuana was below the bar for commercial quantities.
September 16, 2020: SIT Member Tests COVID Positive
A member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was tested positive and in view of that, other members were also tested. Accordingly, Shruti Modi was sent back who joined the investigation on that day.
September 16, 2020: SHRC Comments On The Case
Spelling a huge relief for the Maharashtra government, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) concluded that in her visit to the Cooper Hospital Morgue, actress Rhea Chakraborty was only waiting in the permitted ‘waiting area’ and was not allowed to enter any other restricted area in the hospital.
October 7, 2020: Rhea Chakraborty Gets The Bail
Rhea Chakraborty got bail on the 7th of Oct, 2020, while her brother Showik Chakraborty remained incarcerated until December 2.
October 8, 2020: AIIMS Special Team Comments
AIIMS said that SSR’s death was a case of Suicide. And after two days the medical board submitted a report to the CBI, stating the same.
October 15, 2020: CBI Investigation Contd.
CBI said it continues to investigate SSR’s death and even one-and-a-half-month later, CBI said it was looking into all aspects of the matter but nothing ruled out.
December 9, 2020: Showik Chakraborty Gets The Bail
Under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the Special NDPS Court Judge G.B. Gurao granted bail to Showik Chakraborty on December 2 on a personal bond of Rs.50,000.
May 26, 2021: Siddharth Pithani Gets Arrested
A team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from Mumbai arrested actor Siddharth Pithani from his Hyderabad house in connection to an alleged drug syndicate. “He was apprehended, his statement was recorded and he was duly arrested under sections 27A, 28, 29, and 35 of NDPS Act, 1985,” said the officials.
June 14, 2021: SSR’s First Death Anniversary
Today, the 14 day of June 2021 marks the commemoration of the late actor, and while the investigation may or may not have reached its very end, we all know that Sushant was a great actor and a wonderful human gone too early.
May the great soul rest in peace, SSR will always be loved by his fans.
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