The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now conduct a psychological autopsy into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, said reports.
This means that the central agency’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) will carry out a detailed study of every aspect of Rajput’s life — from his social media posts to WhatsApp chats and conversations with families, friends etc. They will analyse the late actor’s behavourial pattern as it attempts to build a composite picture of his mental state in the days leading up to his death.
Sushant, 34, died by suicide at his Bandra apartment on June 14.
This is the third time that such complex investigative method will be used. The other two instances when a post-mortem of the mind was done was in the high profile suicide case of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of MP Shashi Tharoor, and the mass-suicide in Burari, New Delhi in 2018.
Meanwhile, CBI has approached AIIMS for help, and a 4-member forensic team from AIIMS will examine Rajput’s autopsy report.
The CBI has taken the reins of the investigation into the actor’s death after the Supreme Court last week ordered the agency to take over the case.
A special team of CBI is camped in Mumbai since Friday. So far, a staff member of Rajput has been questioned for three consecutive days.
Also, the staff and the late actor’s friend Sidharth Pathani were taken to Rajput’s home, in Mumbai’s Bandra area, to re-create events on the day of his death.
So far, CBI has not called in Rhea Chakraborty, the late actor’s ‘girlfriend’. She has been accused by Rajput’s father in an FIR in Patna on several charges including financial fraud amounting to Rs 15 crore and abetment to suicide.