An independent financial analysis of entries in a single bank account of Sushant Singh Rajput shows the actor spent more than Rs 4.5 crore spread across 10 months last year.
This money was largely spent on travelling, personal luxuries, household help, charity, and spiritual activities, according to Namrata Kanodia, a leading financial forensic expert based in Delhi, who scrutinized one of his bank statements.
A component of the overall expenditure also went to his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother, the entries show.
“When we analysed this statement from one of Rajput’s banks in Mumbai, we found these expenditures were made under various headers including on Rhea Chakraborty and her brother,” Kanodia explained. “We found that out of a total expense of Rs. 4.6 crore from January to November last year, he apparently spent around Rs 42 lakh on travelling, Rs 33 lakh on a farmhouse in Pawana (Maharashtra), and Rs 1.1 crore on personal luxuries.”
HOW MUCH HE SPENT ON RHEA?
Rajput, according to the available statement, spent was Rs 9.5 lakh on Chakraborty and his brother, Kanodia said. “The breakdown of this header showed Rs. 1.7 lakh on their flight tickets, Rs 4.72 lakh on her brother’s hotel stay, and Rs. 3.4 lakh on shopping, makeup and other sundry expenses.”
In her interview to India Today, Chakraborty has denied accusations that she lived off Rajput’s money. “He loved living like a star. I was not living off Sushant Singh Rajput’s money. We were living like a couple,” she said.
The actress, however, acknowledged that she did travel overseas with her boyfriend, who bore all the expenses.
In his interview to India Today last month, the late actor’s chartered accountant Sandeep Shridhar insisted that no transactions even worth a lakh were made to Chakraborty or her family members from Rajput’s bank accounts. “No major transfer, except a few thousand to Rhea’s account. Once Rhea’s mother has transferred him 33,000. He was a film star so he had to maintain his lifestyle and expenses. They both travelled together and he lived as per his wish,” he claimed.
Shridhar has been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate and his statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Remember, in his complaint, Rajput’s father has accused the actress and her family members of siphoning off Rs 15 crore from his son’s bank accounts, a charge she vehemently denies.
The independent financial analysis, commissioned by India Today, covered transactions between January-November 2019, excluding the month of September, in one of Rajput’s four bank accounts.
Official sources say one of those accounts was being used only to pay monthly instalments of a flat that he had bought at Malad in 2013. The apartment is at present occupied by actress Ankita Lokhande, Rajput’s former girlfriend.
INDULGENCE, CHARITY, DRIED FRUIT, SPIRITUALITY
The transactions analysed by the India Today-commissioned financial audit throw light on the nature of Rajput’s spendings.
“I found these payments under the dried-fruit header a bit odd. Almost all transactions are rounded,” Kanodia said. “Take for instance the payments made in January alone. You will notice that the purchases are made for Rs 32,000 on January 20, then for Rs 32,000 the next day, Rs 32,000 again on January 25, and Rs 32,000 on January 29. It’s too much of a coincidence unless gift packets were bought one after the other. But then the same pattern of round-figure purchases of dried fruits is noticed in subsequent months.”
The actor spent Rs 20.25 lakh on the sports and recreation Waterstones Club in Mumbai between May and November 2019.
The forensic analysis of the account also shows cash withdrawals amounting to nearly Rs 25 lakh, Kanodia said.
The actor appears to have spent money on his friends and manager, including Shruti Modi, who has been named one of the accused in the case being probed by multiple agencies like the CBI, the ED and the Narcotics Control Bureau.
He also purportedly made a payment of Rs 1.5 crore to Bimal Parekh & Co, a CA firm.
The same bank statement is part of material evidence being probed by the CBI.