Bihar police looking for Sushants flatmate Pithani, city SP leaves for Mumbai: IG Patna

 thehindu.com  08/02/2020 11:09:24 

Bihar police is looking for Sushant Singh Rajputs flatmate Siddharth Pithani to record his statement in the actors death case but has failed to locate him so far, a top state police officer said on Sunday.

Mr. Pithani is a creative content manager and flatmate of the late actor who was found dead at his Bandra apartment in Mumbai on June 14.

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Bihar police is looking for Siddharth Pithani to record his statement as he used to stay with the actor.

Efforts to contact Mr. Pithani have been futile. He has not come forward before the police...Notice will be served if he does not appear, Inspector General, Patna Zone, Sanjay Singh said.

Mr. Pithani had alleged in an email to Mumbai police two days ago that he was being pressured by Mr. Rajputs family to record a statement against his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.

Mr. Pithani had said that he shared a professional relationship with the late actor.

Mr. Singh said that IPS officer Vinay Tiwary, who is posted as City SP (Central) Patna, has already left for Mumbai to lead the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case.

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Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey had Saturday said, if needed, an IPS officer would be sent to Mumbai to join the investigation.

Mr. Pandey had also said that Bihar police team had failed to locate Rhea Chakraborty, whom Rajputs father has accused of abetting the actors suicide.

Mr. Rajputs father has also accused Ms. Chakraborty of wrongful confinement of the actor, spiriting away 15 crore from one of his bank accounts, and having him undergo treatment for mental illness without keeping his family informed.

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A four-member team is already in Mumbai to probe the Bollywood actors death case after his father K K Singh lodged a police complaint in Patna on July 25, more than a month after his demise. Mumbai police is also parallelly probing the case.

Several political leaders including Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi have alleged that Mumbai police was not cooperating with their Patna counterparts in the investigation.

Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra CM) is under pressure from the Congress-funded Bollywood mafia. So its bent on saving all the elements responsible in the case, the BJP leader had tweeted in Hindi on Saturday, and accused the Mumbai police of creating hurdles before the Bihar police team.

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Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, meanwhile, said the state police team in Mumbai had not yet got any documents from the metropolitan police.

Apart from the FIR that we have registered, we have nothing. We have not received the inquest report, postmortem report, video footage of the building.....That the investigation moves forward and truth is unravelled is the responsibility of both Mumbai and Bihar police. Sushants death is not a simple matter, he told a TV news channel.

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