A Mumbai court on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail application of actor-producer Rahul Raj Singh, against whom a case has been lodged for abetment of his girlfriend and TV star Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide. Rahul had filed an anticipatory bail application at the Dindoshi sessions court. Rahul’s previous lawyer Neeraj Gupta had on Wednesday withrew from the case, saying he was “kept in the dark” about the details pertaining to the case.
“I withdrew from the case on humanitarian grounds. I felt that I shouldn’t be fighting the case, and hence left it be so that injustice is not done to anyone,” Gupta told PTI today. “A client should pass on all the information, right or wrong, good or bad, to the lawyer, but I was kept in the dark and got all the details (pertaining to the case) from outside (media),” Gupta claimed. (Also read. Pratyusha Banerjee suicide: Rahul Raj Singh's lawyer withdraws from case)
Asked if he changed his mind after the FIR was filed against Rahul, he said, “The FIR has nothing to do with the decision. A lawyer is always prepared for such things.” Rahul, currently in hospital, was yesterday booked for the abetment of suicide after police registered an FIR based on a complaint filed by the actress’s mother Soma at Bangurnagar Police Station.
A case under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC has been registered against Rahul. Police has, however, declined to divulge details regarding the investigation that led to registration of the FIR. They suspect that Rahul was in relationship with another woman about which the deceased was depressed. Meanwhile, doctors attending on Rahul, who has been in hospital since Sunday morning, said that “he still has suicidal tendencies.” (Also read. Actress Pratyusha's boyfriend booked for abetment of suicide)
“I cannot leave him now because he can do anything. He is still on medication and becomes violent when effect of medicine wanes,” Dr Santosh Goel, said, adding that he is under depression and at times calls out to Pratyusha. On April 1, the 24-year-old actress, who shot to fame for her role of Anandi in hit TV series “Balika Vadhu”, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself inside her flat at Goregoan area of western suburbs.