Rahul Raj’s anticipatory bail plea to be considered today

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016,9:59 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | Actor-producer Rahul Raj Singh, against whom a case has been lodged for abetment of his girlfriend and TV star Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide, yesterday filed an anticipatory bail application at the Dindoshi sessions court here, which will be considered today.

After Rahul’s new lawyer Ashok Sarogi moved the application, the matter was adjourned for the day and and has been posted for hearing today. The development came hours after Rahul’s previous lawyer Neeraj Gupta 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. 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.

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. 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.

Rahul’s doctor Goel said we have given him medicine, but he is still not talking properly and keeps on repeating the same things. His blood pressure is normal and vomiting has lessened, she said. We are cooperating with police. Two policemen are constantly keeping a watch on him in the hospital, Goel said.

Meanwhile, a few of Pratyusha’s friends, who claimed to have evidence against Rahul, recorded their statements with the police yesterday. Pratyusha’s maid, in her statement, has claimed Rahul used to physically and mentally harass the TV actress, police said. The 34-year-old maid, Renu Singh, in her statement, said Banerjee had herself told her a few months ago that Rahul had beaten her badly, police added.

Renu used to work at both the flats occupied by the actress one at Goregaon and another at Kandivali, they said. Pratyusha parents and friends had made similar claims yesterday while addressing the media.

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.