Pratyusha suicide: Rahul Raj to file defamation case

Deceased actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, who is accused of abetting the suicide of the actress, has decided to file defamation suit against some people, including his former lawyer Neeraj Gupta.

The ‘Balika Vadhu’ actress was found hanging at her Goregaon residence on April 1. The Bangur Nagar police investigating the suicide booked her boyfriend Rahul in the case. He is currently out on (anticipatory) bail and has been appearing before the police for questioning as per the directions of the Bombay High Court.

Advocate Neeraj who claimed to be Rahul's ex-lawyer, quit the case on 'humanitarian grounds' and had held a press conference saying that the case should be treated as murder and not suicide. But, Rahul's father revealed that Neeraj was never appointed to fight the case. Now, Rahul has decided to file a case against the advocate.

“I want people to know the truth. We will be filing a case against Neeraj in the Bar Council. First, he told everyone that he was my lawyer, which he never was, and then he went against me. Out of nowhere, he started talking to the media on my behalf. My lawyer is Aabad Paunda. Lawyers are not supposed to talk to the media. I will file a case against Neeraj on Monday. Then I will file a case against everyone who spoke against me when I was in the hospital," Rahul said.

He also alleged that certain television personalities tried to insult the death of his girlfriend.

"Right from the beginning, I have been accused for things that I haven't done. I have been projected wrongly in front of the media and in front of the people. Pratyusha's death have been portrayed as a joke by her own friends who are now putting allegations on me,” he told DNA.

He added, "Not only me but Pratyusha is also being targeted by putting her dead body's photo on social media. Pratyusha's parents too, had changed their statements after getting influenced by some people. If I was hurting Pratyusha, then being her parents they could have stopped her to stay with me. I was in good relations with her parents from the very beginning. It's suspicious that after listening to someone they have changed their statements.

“But this time, I shall seek a legal action against those who instigated Pratyusha's parents to change their point of view against me and tried to defame me as well as Pratyusha's image on cultural, moral, ethical and humanitarian values," Rahul said.