Late actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh has finally opened up on the case. Rahul had chosen to keep mum ever since Pratyusha’s death, despite being blamed by the actress’ parents for her death and being charged with abetment to suicide. Pratyusha’s friends also accused him of taking drugs and physically abusing her. However, after the transcripts of Pratyusha’s last phone call to him have been revealed, Rahul has broken his silence.
In a video interview to an entertainment news website, Rahul said, “The charge sheet states that I am innocent. It is Pratyusha’s parents who put her into tremendous pressure.” Rahul said that he did not want to open up on the case “in respect to honorary court” but since “a dirty game is being played” he had to speak up. He also referred to reports of the transcript published in a leading tabloid as “an imaginary story given by some chhota mota wakil, who doesn’t know law.”
Rahul hit out at Pratyusha’s parents saying, “Pratyusha was upset about her father calling her a prostitute. No girl can take her father calling her a prostitute.” He also claimed that the actress was under a huge financial burden and had taken loans at very high interest rates as she was the breadwinner of the family.
Rahul also took a dig at media, saying, “It is very sad if somebody puts down the name of somebody who is no more. Today in the headlines, she is being tagged a prostitute, she is not here to tell people that she is not a prostitute.” He admitted that the actress was mentally disturbed and said that he had even set an appointment with a counsellor but she took the extreme step even before she could be taken to the doctor.
In the transcripts of Pratyusha’s last phone call made to Rahul, she reportedly said, “I had not come here to sell myself… I had come here to act… to work. And where are you putting me today.. Rahul, you have no idea how bad I am feeling right now.” Pratyusha’s lawyer Neeraj Gupta, who is also in possession of the call recording, has accused that the actress was forced into prostitution by her producer boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh.