-RAHUL RAJ SINGH TALKS ABOUT PRATYUSHA BANERJEE IN INTERVIEW
-Rahul claims they only had minor fights
-He says Banerjee drank before committing suicide
RAHUL RAJ SINGH TALKS ABOUT PRATYUSHA BANERJEE IN INTERVIEW
Rahul Raj Singh, the embattled fiancé of the deceased Indian actress who reportedly committed suicide Pratyusha Banerjee, has been in the news of late.
The man has been accused of having a hand in the suicide death of her girlfriend. In this interview with TO, reported by Indiatimes, Rahul bares it all. He talks about his relationship with the deceased, her family, depression, and life after her deceased girlfriend.
The focus has been on him ever since his girlfriend, 24-year-old Pratyusha Bannerjee, allegedly committed suicide on April 1.
Rahul Raj Singh says that he is “still to come to terms with her death” and “unable to sleep” since the unfortunate incident took place.
Here, he speaks at length about the woman he was soon going to marry and the accusations leveled against him.
What do you have to say to the reports that she underwent an abortion a few days before the incident and also the bank transactions being made during March?
“After she told me that she had missed her periods, we went to the doctor for the pregnancy test. However, we mutually decided to abort it since we were not married and only living in together.
I went with her to the doctor for the abortion, but since there was a long waiting, she told me to leave. I, in fact, went the following day to the same doctor to get medicines prescribed for her.
We decided to terminate the pregnancy thinking about our future as we were planning to get married in November. The post-mortem reports may have come out the very next day.
Why are they talking about it now? Someone has circulated a recording claiming it to be hers where she speaks about the reason behind committing suicide, but those who knew Pratyusha will vouch that it wasn’t her. The allegations don’t matter to me. I don’t want to comment on this”. He added
Was Pratyusha suicidal?
“I never felt so”.
Did you want to end the relationship?
“Never. People fight in every relationship but we have never had any major argument. We would fight like any other normal couple. No one can claim that they don’t fight. It would be a lie”.
Was she aware of your marriage (to Sougata Mukherjee in 2011) when the two of you started going out initially?
“Of course, she knew about it. My engagement was covered in newspapers. It was in full media glare”.
When did your divorce come through?
It was a mutual separation and the divorce came through in 2013.
Did you have a joint account with Pratyusha and did you take charge of her credit and debit cards?
“Everything has been presented to the court and the truth will be revealed in due course. She didn’t have a joint account with me. All the accounts were with her mother.
In fact, I was the first one to open her solo account because she never had anything of her own. She wouldn’t have any answer to my questions.
I even got her Aadhaar card made. She didn’t even have a passport. She has done well for herself, then how come she didn’t have a single property in her name?
She was in depression and had several loans on her name before I entered her life. Her EMIs were not paid on time either. A 23-year-old couldn’t handle that pressure. I knew her for eight months and it was too less a time to get into someone’s personal zone.
We started staying together three months ago. That’s when I learnt about the financial stress and depression she was going through. I even spoke to her parents two days before the incident. They never said anything against me in their first statement.
If I was torturing their daughter, they would have accused me of her death first. They are doing it under the influence of people around them. I won’t do that two days later as an afterthought.
I want them to be with me, who they considered their son, during this difficult time. I still can’t believe that she is no more. I have also been accused of being a father to a nine-year-old kid. I demand proof. Time will tell who is in the right.
What’s your source of income?
I won a pageant in 2004, and have featured in shows like ‘Amber Dhara’, ‘Mata Ki Chowki’ and ‘Ganesh Leela’. I have done more than 600 episodes.
I have an event company and we recently organised a Holi bash. I am also into film production, marketing and distribution. People, who are accusing me of swindling her money, need to know that I only took Rs 10,000 from ‘Power Couple’ and requested the team to transfer the rest of the money to Pratyusha’s account.
What about the allegations made by her maid that the relationship was abusive, you didn’t allow Pratyusha to work and that she would often ask her for money?
In fact, I would push her to leave for work as I would get calls on her behalf. She did ‘Power Couple’ and ‘Sasural Simar Ka’ after meeting me.
Did Pratyusha ever complain about me? Why would she get my name inked and then order a bridal lehenga three days before the incident? I was not even allowed at her funeral.
Who stopped you?
Her parents didn’t allow me to attend the funeral. The police authorities told me that they had an objection with me being there.
Her parents have accused you of brainwashing her to cut all ties with them?
I have phone calls and messages from them requesting me to help them iron out their differences with Pratyusha, which I often tried to do.
I was in touch with them on a regular basis. They would also ask me to clear their EMIs. I have stayed with her mother before ‘Power Couple’ and had a cordial relationship with her.
There are several accusations. If I sit and start addressing every single of them, I would end up behaving like them.
I don’t wish to indulge in mud-slinging with anyone. They have also accused you of torturing her mentally by raking up her past relationships…If it was so bad, why didn’t they take their daughter away? They were aware she was in Ranchi and Kolkata with me.
Going back to April 1, what happened that day?
Pratyusha, I and a common friend partied and chatted the night away. The latter left at 8.30 am on April 1. We decided to eat out.
If we had cooked at home that day, the incident wouldn’t have taken place. When I got up, Pratyusha went for a shower and started drinking again.
She had a drinking problem. I told her to stop drinking so much. I left to get food later. On returning home, I rang the bell and it was turned off.
My key didn’t work since it was double locked. I banged the door. When there was no response, I started calling her and dropped messages. I went down to get the locksmith to make duplicate keys.
In the meantime, our neighbor’s domestic held reached out to me and I requested him to jump over to my balcony from his and open the double lock from inside.
The first thing I saw after entering the home was Pratyusha hanging from the fan. I immediately rushed towards her and placed her legs on my shoulders.
The locksmith cut her dupatta. I splashed water on her face, started pumping her chest and gave her mouth-to-mouth to revive her.
I immediately lifted her, carried her down and sat in the car besides her. I was restless and jumped every signal possible.
Why were you absconding later?
I rushed Pratyusha to the hospital and wanted to save her. I waited there for two and a half hours. I called everyone, including her uncle and parents.
I was not in a state to face the media. I handed her over to her parents. I was feeling terrible and could not believe that she was no more.
I was inundated with calls from the media. So, I decided to leave. I went to the police and Siddharth Hospital the next day. I was not arrested.
Some women have come out in the open alleging you of duping them monetarily.
Why are they talking about it now? Why didn’t they talk about it when and if it happened?
RAHUL RAJ SINGH TALKS ABOUT PRATYUSHA BANERJEE IN INTERVIEW