Mumbai: The lawyer of television actor Rahul Raj Singh, who has been booked for abetment of his girlfriend, actress Pratyusha Banerjee's suicide, has withdrawn from the case.
- 'I was kept in the dark, got info from outside', says lawyer of boyfriend
- Rahul, booked for aiding Pratyusha's suicide, is currently in hospital
- Cops suspect Rahul was cheating on Pratyusha, the cause of her depression
"I withdrew from the case on humanitarian grounds. I felt that I shouldn't be fighting the case, and hence left it so that injustice is not done to anyone," Mr Rahul's lawyer Neeraj Gupta told news agency Press Trust of India in Mumbai today.
"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)," Mr Gupta claimed.
Replying to a query on whether he changed his mind after the FIR was filed against Rahul, he said, "The FIR has nothing to 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 Banerjee at Bangurnagar Police Station.
Police had declined to divulge details regarding the investigation that led to registration of the FIR. They suspect that Rahul Raj Singh was in a relationship with another woman about which the deceased was depressed.
A case under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC has been registered against Rahul.
On April 1, the 24-year-old actress, who was known for her role of Anandi in hit TV series 'Balika Vadhu', allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself inside her flat at Mumbai's Goregoan area.
Police are also trying to ascertain whether the deceased was in financial troubles or had any dispute with Rahul Raj Singh.
On Sunday, Rahul Raj Singh was admitted in ICU ward of a hospital in Kandivali after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness, said police.
As part of their probe, police spoke to several people, including the common friends of Rahul Raj Singh and Pratyusha Banerjee, their close relatives, friends, neighbours and domestic help.
Police are awaiting the viscera report of the actress.