Sushant Singh Rajput case: Karan Johar’s manager summoned, Mahesh Bhatt’s statment to be recorded, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh assures | Hindi Movie News
In a statement to reports, Deshmukh said, “In 1-2 days Mahesh Bhatt’s statement will be taken. Then under CrPC Kangana Ranaut has also been summoned. Whoever is needed we will summon.”
When asked about the police calling in director Karan Johar for questioning, he said, “Karan Johar’s manager has been summoned, and if needed we’ll summon Karan Johar as well.”
He also went on to reveal that the police are continuing the investigation from a business angle. He said, “Is there a coterie that prevents outsiders from coming to Bollywood? This we’ll probe from a business angle.”
According to reports, around 39 people have already been questioned by the police thus far. These not only include film critic Rajeev Masand, director-producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and filmmaker Aditya Chopra, but also family, friends and acquaintances of the actor.
These summons come in days after Kangana Ranaut made stark allegations that certain members of the Bollywood film fraternity were responsible for ‘systematic boycott’ of the actor.
Reacting to the news, Kangana’s team hit out at the police in a tweet on the handle – Team Kangana Ranaut, that read, “So Karan Johar’s manager is summoned but not @AUThackeray’s best friend @karanjohar!! @MumbaiPolice stop making a joke out of SSR murder investigations.”
Claiming that the police are displaying ‘blatantly shameless nepotism’, another tweet read, “How can @MumbaiPolice display blatantly shameless nepotism even in issuing summons? Kangana has been issued summon not her manager but Chief Minister’s son’s best friend’s manager is called for questioning, why? saheb ko pareshani na ho issliye?”
Following Rajput’s demise, Kangana released a two-minute video speaking highly of the deceased actor and accusing certain sections of the film industry for not acknowledging the star’s talent.
Kangana had also claimed that some of the last social media posts by the actor made it evident that he was struggling to survive in the industry.