The police booked TV star Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfri-end Rahul Raj Singh for abetting her suicide after her mother, Shoma, registered a complaint against him on Tuesday.
Pratyusha’s mother Shoma
Police sources said an FIR was filed against Singh under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 306 (abetment of suicide), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The Bangur Nagar police have recorded the statement of actress’ uncle Dipankar Banerjee and aunt Barnali Banerjee as witnesses. The sources said Pratyusha called on Dipankar and Barnali often at their house in Ambernath.
Shoma filed the complaint against Singh after meeting Dipankar and Barnali on Monday. The couple reportedly revealed that Pratyusha had often complained of being beaten up and abused by Singh.
Sources said Singh, who is in hospital, is likely to be picked up late on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, post-consultation with the doctors attending to him.
In his statement, the actress’ father, Shankar, said, Pratyusha had arrived in Mumbai when she was in Std IX to try her luck in the film industry. She soon bagged the lead role in Balika Vadhu. “In the beginning,
Pratyusha was paid R5,000 per day. The fee then gradually increased to R10,000. With her growing popularity, Pratyusha was then able to claim R25,000 per day,” said Shankar.
The police said Pratyusha financially supported her parents. She opened four joint accounts in city-based banks and her parents were given withdrawal authority over them.
“After taking out money for her day-to-day expenses, she deposited the rest in the four accounts. Pratyusha had received R36 lakh from Big Boss and R6 lakh from Power Couple,” said a police source.
This arrangement, however, allegedly changed after she started dating Singh in 2015. Her parents could no longer withdraw money from the bank accounts. Singh made Pratyusha open a fresh bank account, naming himself as the primary withdrawal authority.
Police have also found that the couple fought bitterly over Singh’s suspicion that Pratyusha had kept in touch with her ex-boyfriend and her gang of friends.
Pratyusha’s parents revealed that Singh had forced her to cut herself off from friends and family.