"It is a case of hanging and death by suicide"
Dr Sudhir Gupta has announced that Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was suicide and not murder.
Dr Gupta is the Forensic Head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS). It was formed to look into the actor’s death and to evaluate his post-mortem.
Sushant was tragically found dead on June 14, 2020, at his apartment. It was initially ruled as suicide but many, including the actor’s family, urged for a murder probe to be investigated.
His family accused his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty of being responsible and misappropriating his funds.
Rhea, her brother Showik and several others have been questioned by the CBI about drug-related allegations in relation to Sushant’s death.
But now, AIIMS has ruled out murder and stated that Sushant did take his own life.
Dr Gupta said: “We have concluded our conclusive report. It is a case of hanging and death by suicide.
“There were no injuries over the body other than hanging. There were no marks of struggle/scuffle on the body and clothes of the deceased.”
A panel of seven doctors have submitted their findings to the CBI.
Dr Gupta added: “The presence of any seductive material was not detected by Bombay FSL and AIIMS toxicology lab.
“The complete examination of ligature marks over the neck was consistent with hanging.”
Previously, Vikas Singh, the lawyer representing Sushant’s father had claimed that an AIIMS doctor had told him that the marks on Sushant’s neck were consistent with strangulation.
He had said: “AIIMS doctor told me that Sushant’s death was by strangulation.”
However, Dr Gupta refuted the claims, saying:
“No conclusion or conclusion opinion of homicide or suicide could be made by seeing ligature marks and scene of occurrence.
“It’s difficult for doctors and next to impossible for general people, needed solely internal link discretion and forensic interpretation.”
While AIIMS has ruled out murder, the CBI is likely to continue its investigation into “abetment to suicide”.
CBI sources said: “All aspects are being looked into including murder angle.
“So far, no evidence has come up to prove it to be a case of murder.
“If during the course of the investigation, we get any evidence, the murder charge will be added.
“For now, abetment to suicide and other charges in the FIR are being probed.”
Satish Maneshinde, who is representing Rhea, has said that he will await the CBI’s official report on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
He added: “The truth cannot be changed, we await the official report of the CBI.”