The Mumbai Police is today recording the statement of Bollywood film director and producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali as part of their investigation into the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Bhansali has arrived at the Bandra police station.
Bhansali arrived at the police station at around 12:30 PM, accompanied by his lawyer and a few colleagues. Sources said that Rajput was under contract with another major production house when Bhansali had offered him a film. Sushant couldn’t work with Bhansali as a result. The film later turned out to be a blockbuster.
Police are investigating all the possible angles to know why Sushant Singh Rajput, an otherwise intelligent person with a promising career and a recent blockbuster hit Chhichhore, to commit suicide. The police are asking everyone who was associated with Sushant, on both personal and professional capacity, to join the probe.
Over 29 persons have recorded their statements until now. The police had summoned some of them multiple times. Siddharth Pitani, creative content manager of Sushant, who was present on 14 June at the 32-year-old actor’s residence when the incident took place, also recorded his statement with the police twice. Police sources said that the investigating team could record the statements of some close relatives again.
Police have recorded the statement of Sanjana Sanghi, the co-actor of Sushant in Dil Bechara, the actor’s last film which will be released on a digital platform on 24 July. The cops quizzed Sanjana at the Bandra police station for nearly 7 h.
Police are likely to have asked Bhansali about his plans to cast Sushant Singh Rajput in his 2013 release Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, which could not happen due to the late actor’s contract with Yash Raj Films.
Earlier, Mumbai Police had questioned Bollywood casting director Shanoo Sharma too.
Meanwhile, the demand for a CBI investigation into the death of 34-year-old Sushant Singh Rajput is gaining momentum in his hometown Patna (Bihar).
Sushant’s cousin Neeraj Kumar Singh alias Bablu, the ex-MLA from Chatapur in Bihar, told news agency IANS that the case should be referred to the CBI. A case goes to the CBI only on the recommendation of the government of the state where the crime has taken place.