A new turn in the ‘Pratyusha Banerjee murder case’. The Mumbai police have filed a charge sheet against the prime suspect of the Pratyusha Banerjee suicide case, her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for abetting the suicide of his girlfriend. Pratyusha Banerjee is the famous household name for playing the leading role in popular daily soap “Balika Vadhu” where she played the role of Anandi. The 1,000 page charge sheet contains the statements of 45 witnesses that include statements of Pratyusha’s friend and fellow actress Kamya Punjabi, and other friends, and the statements of Banerjee’s parents, her uncle Dipankar and his wife Barnali. The Phone conversations that Pratyusha and Rahul had, that include their argument on the day she killed herself, have also been added in the charge sheet. The police has also included call data records, bank statements, post-mortem reports and the findings of the forensic analysis. Senior officers said they have strong evidence against Rahul. “We have added Pratyusha’s autopsy reports to prove she was a victim of assault. The charge sheet includes statements of 45 witnesses, medical reports and forensic reports”
Pratyusha’s uncle Dipankar and his wife Barnali gave important information in this case. Barnali told police that she saw injury marks on her thigh when the Pratyusha visited them at their house in Ambernath. Rahul’s ex-girlfriend Saloni Sharma’s statement was also recorded after Banerjee’s co-stars alleged that she assaulted the actor and that she used to harass her.
The Bangur Nagar police have requested the court that investigation needs to be continued in this case. Under section 173 (8) of the Code of Criminal Procedure whether oral or documentary, an additional report in the prescribed form can be submitted before the magistrate.
Pratyusha was found hanging herself at her Goregaon apartment on April 1, where she was living with Rahul, her boyfriend then. The shocking revelation came from Leena Dias, who is Banerjee’s friend, said Pratyusha called her around 3am on April 1 and told her that she wanted to get out of the relationship.
Rahul who is currently out on bail, has been asked to appear before the court on July 30.