Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging at his Mumbai residence on the morning of June 14. His death, initially declared a suicide by the Mumbai Police, sent shockwaves across the nation. Presently, the case has been transferred to the CBI.
Names of various managers of Sushant Singh Rajput have come up in the case. Some people are being questioned by the ED, while some have recorded their statements with the Bihar Police and Mumbai Police. Others spoke about the late actor in the media.
Here is a detailed look at all of Sushant Singh Rajput’s managers:
What she/he handled: She is Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex-publicist and also a good friend. Iyer handled public relations of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Standing in the case: Iyer was questioned by the Bandra police on June 22. She reached the Bandra Police Station at 11:00 am on June 22 and was questioned for over 9 hours.
On June 15, a day after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Rohini Iyer posted a throwback picture with the late actor on Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, ” You promised you would be with me forever. And I promised I would keep smiling no matter what. It seems we were both wrong, my son.”
In another post, she wrote, “Missing you , my blood group .. Dharti Maa Ki Kasam. I love you so much it will never stop hurting.”
Sushant Singh Rajput’s death led to various debates on nepotism and favouritism in Bollywood being resurfaced. Rohini Iyer, talking about why the industry failed to recognise Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent, had put out a series of posts after his death. She called out people for using Sushant’s death for their personal agendas in the posts.
What he/she handled: Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex- publicist, Radhika Nihalini is from the PR agency Think Ink. She handled public relations of the late actor.
Standing in the case: Radhika was questioned by the Mumbai Police on June 18, the same day that Shruti Modi was questioned.
What he/she handled: She used to manage Sushant Singh Rajput’s finances and worked as his business manager.
Standing in the case: Shruti Modi has been questioned by the ED thrice, on August 11, August 7, and August 10. In her statement on August 11, she said that Rhea Chakraborty had been taking decisions for Sushant ever since she came into his life. Shruti was also questioned by the Mumbai Police on June 18. In her statement to the Mumbai Police, she revealed various projects that Sushant Singh Rajput was about to begin.
Shruti Modi has also worked as Rhea Chakraborty’s talent manager. Her name was included in the FIR filed by Patna police on the basis of KK Singh’s complaint. Shruti began working with Sushant Singh Rajput when he had met Rhea and they both started dating. After February 2020, however, Shruti was not in touch with Sushant.
What he/she handled: Pithani worked as creative content manager for Sushant Singh Rajput. He had recently been roped in by the late actor for developing graphics for the VR content for his company Vividrage RhealityX. The company was formed recently by Sushant Singh Rajput, his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother, Showik Chakraborty.
Standing in the case: Pithani has been questioned twice by the ED. He arrived in Mumbai on August 10 to join the investigation and was called for the second time on August 11.
He told the media about an e-mail that he had written to the Mumbai Police. In the e-mail, he said that he was being pressurised by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family to give statement against Rhea Chakraborty. Pithani also said that he didn’t know Rhea Chakraborty and never asked Sushant Singh Rajput about his personal matters. “I am waiting for Bihar Police, I will cooperate. I want justice for Sushant Singh Rajput,” Siddharth had said in June.
What he/she handled: She joined celebrity management company named Kwan Entertainment, which also managed Sushant Singh Rajput, in 2018. Disha met Sushant Singh Rajput on the sets of Chhichhore. She also worked as talent manager for Varun Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput’s Chhichhore co-star.
Disha Salian died after falling off a high-rise building in Mumbai on June 9, a week before Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
What he/she handled: Jayanti Saha worked as Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent manager. She worked with the talent management agency Kwan Entertainment and used to handle Sushant Singh Rajput’s account.
Standing in the case: Jayanti Saha was questioned by the ED on August 13. She was asked about the work provided by the talent management agency to Sushant Singh Rajput in the last year, or the present one.
What he/she handled: Samuel Miranda worked as Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager. He was looking after the employees and house expenses.
Standing in the case: Samuel Miranda is one of the accused in the money laundering case filed by the ED in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. His name was also included in the FIR filed by Patna police in connection with the case. Miranda was questioned by the ED on August 5, and then on August 6. His statement was recorded by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He was questioned about the late actor’s finances.
What he/she handled: Talent manager Reshma Shetty, the head of Matrix, was also questioned in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput death case. She has managed various celebrities and is a known name in the film industry.
Standing in the case: Reshma recorded her statement with the Mumbai Police on July 10. She was questioned for over five hours.
What he/she handled: Ankit Acharya lived with Sushant Singh Rajput for three years and worked as his assistant and manager.
Standing in the case: In conversation with India Today TV and Aaj Tak, Ankit Acharya said that Rhea Chakraborty had replaced the entire staff of Sushant Singh Rajput. He also said that during the three years that he was living with Sushant Singh Rajput, the actor never locked his room from the inside. He also said that he found the entire staff had been replaced when he returned from his village in August 2019.”His new body guards didn’t let me enter his house. I think Rhea madam changed the entire staff. Not sure why though,” he said.
He also added that the late actor used to treat him like a brother but was “a changed man” in September 2019, when he cleared his amount. “He had dark circles. He didn’t smile even once. He looked depressed to me,” he said.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT DEATH CASE:
Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, KK Singh, filed a complaint at Patna’s Rajiv Nagar Police Station on July 25 against Rhea Chakraborty, her family, Shruti Modi, and Samuel Miranda. On the basis of the complaint, an FIR was registered by the Patna police.
In the complaint, KK Singh had also alleged that Rhea siphoned off a sum of Rs 15 crore from the late actor’s bank account. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a money laundering case against Rhea Chakraborty on July 31 and is probing the financial angle in the case.
The Centre informed the Supreme Court on August 5 that they have accepted Bihar government’s recommendation to transfer the case to CBI. The Supreme Court is yet to give out its verdict.