Taapsee Pannu came out to strongly criticise the media trial Rhea Chakraborty was being put through in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. I didn’t know Sushant on a personal level nor do I know Rhea but what I know is, it only takes to be a human to understand how wrong it is to overtake judiciary to convict someone who isn’t proven guilty,” she tweeted. Chakraborty, an actor and Rajput’s former girlfriend, has been asked to appear before authorities in an investigation into suspected money laundering surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The 34-year-old had died by suicide last month according to reports. The investigation is backed by Rajput’s family. On social media and television, Chakraborty has become a subject of abusive targeting with some calling for her arrest while others ‘declaring’ her the reason for Rajput’s death. 

 

Pannu retweeted an appeal shared by another actor Lakshmi Manchu, calling for the industry to ‘wake up’ and ‘stop this lynching.’ Pannu, best known for her acting in Thappad, further added, “Trust the law of the land for your sanity and the deceased’s sanctity.”

Recently Navika Kumar, the presenter and editor at Times Now was called out for her coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput’s dead body and her channel’s reporting with the hashtag #ArrestRheaChakraborty. Kumar was criticised for her coverage, read a detailed opinion on the same here.

The Case

28-year-old Rhea Chakraborty is in the spotlight as his former girlfriend who left his home on 8th June, six days before Rajput was found dead. She has been questioned about her relationship with Rajput, a rising actor in India’s film industry best known for his performance in cricketer MS Dhoni’s biopic. She is under investigation as his family questioned that if Chakraborty had ceased her relationship with Rajput then why was she seen at Rajput’s house a few days before his death.

The Investigations
Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide case is being investigated at multiple levels. By the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The ED is investigation “suspicious financial transactions”. While the NCB is checking into some alleged WhatsApp conversations retrieved from Chakraborty’s phone.
What Next?
The cycle of news and speculations keeps endlessly refuelling itself, with more “exclusive coverage”, revelations and convictions. It seems like Indian media knows everything and has already zeroed in on a culprit. But is this trial by media fair?
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