Late Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput was the most searched personality of 2020 while his girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, was the most searched female celebrity, according to a year-end list released on Tuesday by the search engine Yahoo for India.
Yahoo’s 2020 Year in Review (YIR) for India gives an idea of the year’s top newsmakers and events, based on anonymised daily search habits of users.
While Sushant, who was found dead at his residence in June this year, emerged as India’s ‘Most Searched Personality’, there is a large presence of political personalities in the top 10 this year.
The sudden demise of Sushant Singh Rajput has shocked the world and led to madness all around. Various allegations were levelled on certain individuals and also on the Bollywood film industry as a whole. It was said that the industry collectively is responsible for what they called the ‘murder’ of the actor and that the Mumbai Police failed to investigate well. As days passed, the demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in this case grew manifold. Finally, the matter reached the Supreme Court and on August 5, the Central government gave the nod for an investigation by the CBI.
Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has been asked to explain a widely-circulated video shot, at his home in July last year, during a party in which social media users alleged drugs were consumed, NCB sources said Thursday night. The video, which also shows several top stars, is being investigated as part of the anti-drugs agency’s probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.
In September Mr Johar issued a public statement in connection with that video, saying that reports of drug consumption at his party were “slanderous” and “malicious”.
“These slanderous and malicious statements, news articles and news clippings have unnecessarily subjected me, my family, and my colleagues, and Dharma Productions, to hatred, contempt and ridicule,” he said.
The CBI team immediately arrived in Mumbai and began to investigate Rhea Chakraborty, the staff of Sushant Singh Rajput and others who seemed to have a link in the case. Soon, even the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) got involved as the supposed consumption of drugs by the Bollywood actors came under the scanner. In no time, this angle hogged the limelight and also the headlines. At the same time, the principal investigation of CBI began to get lesser and lesser coverage by the day. A few reports emerged that CBI and AIIMS have ruled out murder and that the investigation has concluded, but these remain largely unconfirmed.
December 5 marked 4 months since the time CBI got involved in the case. With no clear answer yet on what their investigation has concluded, this writer decided to file a Right To Information (RTI) request to CBI. The three questions posed by this writer to the agency were as follows:
1. What is the status of the investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case?
2. Is it true that CBI has concluded that Sushant Singh Rajput death is a case of a suicide and not murder?
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