New Delhi: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was not murdered and it is a case of suicide, a team of doctors from Delhi’s AIIMS has said in its opinion to CBI, a report said on Saturday, dismissing the theories of poisoning and strangling floated by the actor’s family and their lawyer.
The 34-year-old movie star was found dead on June 14 in his Mumbai apartment. Though the Mumbai police, based on the autopsy, called it a suicide, wild speculation and campaigns of justice on social media and allegations from Sushant Singh Rajput’s family raised doubts that became a part of an overall CBI investigation.
NDTV reported that the AIIMS Panel has completed the examination and closed the file after giving conclusive medico-legal opinion in this case and the CBI is corroborating the report with their investigation.
The CBI is likely to continue its probe into “abetment to suicide”, the charge that was originally listed by the Bihar Police, it said.
According to the report, the AIIMS panel has concurred with the opinion of the Mumbai hospital that carried out the autopsy. The Mumbai hospital’s autopsy had found “asphyxia due to hanging” as the cause of death.
Quoting sources, the news report added that circumstantial evidence also suggests that it was a case of suicide and not murder.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s family and some friends had raised questions about how he died.
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) was tasked by the CBI to forensically examine the crime scene for any evidence of foul play in the death.
A laptop, hard disks, a canon camera and two mobiles were seized and all forensically examined, CBI sources told NDTV. “All aspects are still open in the probe, if any evidence comes to light proving otherwise, Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder) will be added, but nothing has come up in 45 days of probe,” the sources said.
The CBI investigation began after the family filed a case accusing the actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty of mentally harassing him, medicating him, exploiting him for money and playing a role in his death.
The central investigation agency has questioned and examined over 20 people in its 57 days of probe and sources also add that the agency has forensically examined the seized laptop, hard drives, digital camera and two mobile phones in the case.
The agency’s sources according to the news report said, “All aspects are being looked into including murder angle. So far, no evidence has come up to prove it to be a case of murder. If during the course of investigation, we get any evidence, murder charge will be added. For now, abetment to suicide and other charges in the FIR are being probed.”
Last week, the family’s lawyer Vikas Singh had claimed to have been told by a doctor on the AIIMS panel that Sushant Singh had been strangled.
“Getting frustrated by the delay in CBI taking a decision to convert abetment to suicide to Murder of SSR. The Doctor who is part of AIIMS team had told me long back that the photos sent by me indicated 200% that it’s death by strangulation and not suicide,” he had tweeted.
Following the claim, Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer had called for a new medical board “to keep the investigations impartial and free from inference”.
In a statement last Monday, the CBI said it was conducting a “professional investigation” where “all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out”.