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CBI To Conduct "Psychological Autopsy" In Sushant Rajput Case: Sources

This will be only the third time this investigation method is used; the other two were in the Sunanda Pushkar case and the 2018 Burari mass-suicide case in Delhi

CBI To Conduct 'Psychological Autopsy' In Sushant Rajput Case: Sources

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence in June (File)

New Delhi:

The CBI will conduct a psychological autopsy of Sushant Singh Rajput, sources said late Monday night, as the central probe agency continues its Supreme Court-mandated investigation into the circumstances behind the death of the popular actor.

To be carried out by the central probe agency's CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory), this exercise will involve a detailed study of every aspect of Mr Rajput's life - from posts on social media to WhatsApp chats and conversations with families, friends and others.

The CBI will also look to obtain information about the actor's mood swings, behavioural patterns and even personal idiosyncrasies, as it tries to build a composite picture of his mental state in the days leading up to his death.

It will be, sources said, a post-mortem of the mind of Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, who was found dead at his Mumbai residence in June.

This will be only the third time that such a complex investigation method is employed; the other two instances were in the Sunanda Pushkar case and the bizarre Burari mass-suicide case that happened in Delhi two years ago.

Meanwhile, a four-member team forensic team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will examine Mr Rajput's autopsy report, after the CBI approached the hospital for help in the case.

A special CBI team has camped out in Mumbai since Friday after the Supreme Court last week ordered the agency to take over the case. The team is drawn from the agency's crack investigative unit - the same one which is also looking into the Vijay Mallya case.

On Sunday, a staff member of Mr Rajput, and his friend Sidharth Pathani - both key witnesses in the case - were questioned. Neeraj, the staff member, was called for a third consecutive day.

The day before both he and Mr Pathani, a self-styled actor who is believed to have discovered Mr Rajput's dead body, were taken to the actor's home, in Mumbai's Bandra area, by a CFSL team to re-create events on the day of his death.

The CBI has not yet summoned Rhea Chakraborty, Mr Rajput's reported girlfriend, for questioning. Ms Chakraborty has been accused by the actor's family of mentally harassing him and illegally transferring crore from his Mumbai bank account.

Ms Chakraborty, who had initially sought a CBI probe before telling the Supreme Court that the central agency had no jurisdiction at this time, faces a case of financial fraud and abetment to suicide, as filed by the actor's father at a Patna police station.

She has already been questioned twice by the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating "suspicious transactions" relating to the transfer of around Rs 15 crore from Mr Rajput's account.

Ms Chakraborty has denied all charges.

Mumbai Police said Sushant Rajput died by suicide but the allegations levelled against Ms Chakraborty triggered a political storm as the police forces of Bihar and Maharashtra faced-off in a jurisdictional battle.

Cops in Mumbai had also said the actor was taking medication for bipolar disorder, according to doctors.

The Supreme Court last week said that the CBI would take over all investigations into the Sushant Singh Rajput case, asserting that "an impartial probe is the need of the hour".

The actor's death has left thousands of his fans in shock and fuelled massive speculation, controversies and conspiracy theories, as well as igniting a debate over cut-throat rivalries in Bollywood.