As multiple agencies focus on Rhea Chakraborty in their investigations into Sushant Singh Rajput's death, WhatsApp texts between the actor and one of his sisters reveal that his family was aware of his mental health problems. The chats with his sister Priyanka were from June 8, six days before Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment.
Priyanka Singh, it appears from the messages, asked Sushant Singh Rajput to take Librium for a week, Nexito everyday and Lonazep for "whenever there is anxiety attack".
All three are prescribed for depression and anxiety. This flies in the face of claims by the family that it was not aware of any mental health problems that Sushant Singh Rajput may have been battling.
Priyanka Singh also appears to tell her brother that she can help him connect with the "best doctor in Mumbai, all confidential".
Here are the chats accessed by NDTV:
Priyanka Singh: First take Librium for a week then start nexito 10 mg once everyday after breakfast. Keep Lonazep handy whenever there is anxiety attack.
Sushant Rajput: ok sonudi
Sushant Rajput: No one will give without prescription
Priyanka Singh: Let me see if I manage
A missed voice call
Priyanka Singh: Babu call me... I have to send the prescription
Priyanka Singh: My friend here is a renowned doctor who can get you connected to the best doctor in Mumbai all confidential.. so don't worry
Priyanka Singh: Just call
Priyanka Singh: Sends an attachment (Prescription)
Priyanka Singh: Babu this is the prescription
Priyanka Singh: It's of Delhi but it should not matter . If anything, one can say it is on online consultation
Sushant Rajput: Ok thank you so much Sonadi.
Searches show Librium is "a sedative and hypnotic medication of the benzodiazepine class". It is used to treat anxiety, insomnia and symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs, according to pages.
Nexito 10 MG, according to online healthcare service practo.com, is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorders. "It should be started at lower doses and gradually increased. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly as it may cause withdrawal symptoms like mood changes, irritability, dizziness, numbness in the hands or feet, and difficulty in falling asleep," according to the site.
The same site says Lonazep is used to treat certain types of seizures and to relieve panic disorders, like unexpected extreme fear and tension due to stress. It warns: "Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly as it may cause withdrawal symptoms like aggressive behavior, blurred vision, etc."
In the First Information Report filed in Bihar, Sushant Rajput's father claimed he had no knowledge about his son's mental health issues. He has accused Rhea Chakraborty of giving him medication and taking him for treatment without the knowledge of his family. The WhatsApp chat shows the actor was being given medication by his family.
Rhea Chakraborty dated Sushant Singh Rajput for a year and left his home on June 8, the day of these chats with Priyanka Singh.
Rhea Chakraborty, a 28-year-old actor, is being investigated over Sushant Singh Rajput's family's allegations that she mentally harassed the actor, stole crores from his bank accounts and had a role in his death.
Ms Chakraborty has, in interviews, claimed that Sushant Singh Rajput was fighting depression and "used to smoke marijuana".