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Rhea, family at ED office for 2nd round of questioning

The Enforcement Directorate has also summoned Siddharth Pithani, who had ignored a summons to appear on Saturday
Rhea Chakraborty
Rhea Chakraborty
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Our Bureau, Agencies   |   Calcutta, Mumbai   |   Published 10.08.20, 12:27 PM

Actor Rhea Chakraborty, her father and her brother appeared before the Enforcement Directorate today for questioning in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput case. This is the second time that the probe agency will question Ms Chakraborty.

In addition to Ms Chakraborty, her brother, Showik Chakraborty, and father, Inderjit Chakraborty, the Enforcement Directorate has also summoned Siddharth Pithani (a friend of Sushant Singh Rajput), who had ignored a summons to appear on Saturday.

Post 2 PM, Rajput's friend and roommate Siddharth Pithani also arrived at the ED office and his statement is expected to be recorded too.

On Friday, Rhea was questioned for more than 9 hours. She, her brother, and former manager Shruti Modi were questioned in separate rooms at the agency's office in Mumbai, sources said.

The Enforcement Directorate has filed a money laundering case against Rhea and five others over "suspicious transactions" worth ₹ 15 crore.

The case was filed after the agency acted on a FIR filed by Mr Rajput's father with Bihar police, accusing Ms Chakraborty of illegally transferring that amount from his son's bank account.

Sources in the agency said money from Mr Rajput's bank accounts had been transferred to Ms Chakraborty but it was nowhere near the alleged one. Agency sources, however, said that they "want more answers" over alleged mismatch in income, expenditure, and investments.

They said while Rhea has filed Income Tax Returns stating an income of about Rs 14-18 lakh, the value of her investments is reportedly higher.

Her father, they said, is a retired defence personnel who gets a pension of about Rs 1 lakh per month.

The sources said Rhea told the agency that she had made the property investments from her income, savings and has taken bank loans.

Rhea has been accused by Rajput's father of abetting his son's suicide and she had initially refused to appear before the agency citing her appeal pending before the Supreme Court that is slated to be heard on August 11.

Her lawyer Satish Maneshinde had said Rhea is a law-abiding citizen and would cooperate with the probe.

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