The AIIMS panel that has looked into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has said in its final report that he was not murdered and it is a case of suicide.
In its conclusive medico-legal opinion to the CBI, the six-member team of forensic doctors has dismissed the claims of "poisoning and strangling" made in the case of Singh's death.
"It is a case of hanging and death by suicide. We have submitted our conclusive report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)," Dr Gupta, who is also the chairman of the forensic medical board, said.
The panel dismissed the theories of poisoning and strangling floated by the actor's family and their lawyer, NDTV quoted sources as saying.
Sushant was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14. The Mumbai police that initially probed the case, had ruled out foul play and called it a case of suicide. The AIIMS panel was asked to look into the case again after the CBI took over the probe.
After Sushant’s family’s lawyer claimed the actor had been ‘strangled’ and accused the CBI of ‘delaying’ the probe, the investigating agency, on Monday, said that "no aspect has been ruled out". "The Central Bureau of Investigation is conducting a professional investigation related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput in which all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out as of date. The investigation is continuing," the agency said in its statement on Monday.
“Getting frustrated by the delay in CBI taking a decision to convert abetment to suicide to Murder of SSR. The Doctor who is part of AIIMS team had told me long back that the photos sent by me indicated 200% that it’s death by strangulation and not suicide,” Sushant’s family’s lawyer, Vikas Singh had tweeted last week.
Dr Sudhir Gupta whose heads the AIIMS panel probing the case, however, dismissed Singh’s claims as "incorrect".
After Singh’s statement, Rhea Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Maneshinde had demanded the formation of a new medical board to investigate the cause of Sushant’s death.
-with PTI inputs