New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has so far not found any “substantial direct transfers” from late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s bank accounts to those of his friend Rhea Chakraborty or her relatives.
The agency had on July 31 registered a money laundering case against Rhea and her relatives on the basis of a FIR filed by Sushant’s father, K.K. Singh, in Patna on July 25.
According to The Indian Express, the ED questioned Rhea for close to 18 hours in connection with the case. It was probing the extent of cash withdrawals made from Sushant’s accounts. However, citing sources, the newspaper said the agency did not find any major transfers. It found withdrawals worth Rs 55 lakh from Sushant’s primary account with Kotak Bank and was now trying to trace these.
In his complaint to the Bihar police, Sushant’s father had alleged that Rs 15 crore was taken out from his son’s account over the past year and transferred “to bank accounts of persons not known or connected to the late actor”.
Following Sushant’s death on June 14, Singh had also demanded an investigation into all accounts held by him and payments from his credit cards to see if the money was transferred to Rhea or people known to her.
The ED, which has been probing Sushant’s accounts and credit card payments, has stated that his account had about Rs 15 crore at the beginning of the last financial year. Over the year, this money was used largely for making tax and travel-related payments.
The probe has also revealed that Rhea and Sushant did not have any joint account. To see if Rhea had gained financially at Sushant’s expense, the agency is also looking at her income and expenses and has asked her to submit her records. The ED is also looking into the financial details of the purchase of two properties by Rhea and her family.
Incidentally, Sushant had set up two firms, Front India for World Foundation and Vividrage Rhealityx Private Limited, at which Rhea and her brother Showik are directors. While Vividrage was set up in September 2019, Front India was incorporated in January this year.
Besides, Rhea and Showik, others who have been questioned so far by ED are her father Indrajit, business manager Shruti Modi and friend Siddharth Pithani.
The agency has also questioned Sushant’s sister Mitu Singh, house manager Samuel Miranda who had been hired by Rhea, and the chartered accountants of both Sushant and Rhea.