Pratyusha was murdered, the actress’s mom wants CBI probe

Pratyusha Banerjee’s parents strongly believe that their daughter was murdered and that she did not commit suicide as she was doing very well in her career and was highly confident and lively. They are sure her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh was behind the murder and in order to seek justice the late actress’s mother Shoma Banerjee wrote to Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai police commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar asking for CBI probe of the case.

"She fell prey to the hands of conman Rahul Raj Singh, who has not only cheated my daughter and is solely responsible for her death, but also cheated many innocent girls like her to the tune of lakhs of rupees," Soma stated in her letter.

"Since we have recorded our statement, we have been telling the investigating officer that our daughter's death is not a simple suicide — it is more than a suicide. We suspect that she has been murdered by Singh, but unfortunately our complaints are not being heard. Instead of investigating the matter in a serious manner, the police station (concerned) is giving a free hand to the accused to destroy evidence," Soma alleged in her letter.

She further alleged that Singh has been threatening the Banerjee family and the witnesses in the case. "My daughter's death is being coloured and portrayed as a suicide committed by her due to depression, which is an absolutely false notion. There are many important clues and circumstantial evidence that are sufficient enough to prove that it's not a suicide due to depression. The case should be transferred to the Mumbai crime branch for a fair investigation and to get justice for Pratyusha," the letter concludes.

Meanwhile, Rahul Raj Singh visited Bangur Nagar police station on Thursday for questioning and refused to talk to the media.

Singh said, "I am recovering from my illness. And I wish to speak with the media. Let the time come and I shall reveal everything. The last I spoke to Pratyusha, I told her that I love her."

The case dates back to April 1 when noted television actress Pratyusha Banerjee was found hanging at her Goregaon residence where she was living with her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh. The police had registered a case under Sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. Rahul is currently on interim bail.