Actor Varun Dhawan is the latest to join a social media campaign seeking a CBI investigation into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, sharing the hashtag "CBIforSSR".
Varun Dhawan posted hours after Sushant Singh Rajput's co-star Kriti Sanon and former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande took to Instagram demanding a CBI probe into the actor's death. Similar demands have been made by many other actors, including Kangana Ranaut, Parineeti Chopra and Mr Rajput's close friend Mahesh Shetty.
Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, died on June 14, leaving his fans in shock and Bollywood in turmoil over allegations of nepotism, cliques and sidelining of "outsiders". The Mumbai police said it was suicide.
Mr Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti and many others have joined the campaign using hashtags like "CBIforSSR" and "JusticeForSSR".
"I pray that the Truth comes out SOON..,, His family, his friends, fans, and all loved ones deserve this closure," Kriti Sanon wrote, adding that she hoped the CBI took over the case so the investigation is "without any political agenda".
Mr Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti and numerous Bollywood actors have also joined what now looks like a social media campaign making hashtags "CBIforSSR" and "JusticeForSSR" trend on the internet.
"I pray that the Truth comes out SOON..,, His family, his friends, fans, and all loved ones deserve this closure," Ms Sanon wrote adding that she hopes the CBI takes over the case so it gets investigated "without any political agenda".
I request you all to please join us for Global 24-hour spiritual and prayer observation for Sushant Singh Rajput, so that the truth prevails and we find justice for our beloved Sushant #GlobalPrayers4SSR ????❤️???? #CBIForSSR#Warriors4SSR#justiceforSushantSinghRajput#Godiswithuspic.twitter.com/glXWJLf3zl— shweta singh kirti (@shwetasinghkirt) August 14, 2020
The CBI recently launched an investigation based on an FIR registered in Bihar by Sushant Singh Rajput's family against Rhea Chakraborty, who was dating the actor.
Mr Rajput's father KK Singh has accused Rhea Chakraborty, also an actor, of taking money from his son's accounts and mentally harassing him.
The Supreme Court is hearing Ms Chakraborty's request to transfer all cases, including the one filed in Bihar, to the Mumbai Police.
In its written submissions in the Supreme Court on the actress's plea, the Maharashtra government has said the case in Patna is politically motivated. Maharashtra told the top court that the Bihar Police cannot register an FIR in the case and carry out any investigation on the ground of alleged "inaction or illegal" action of the Mumbai Police.