Actor Swara Bhasker has written in defence of Rhea Chakraborty, who has been accused by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family of abetting his suicide and misappropriating his funds. Swara compared the media’s treatment of Rhea to the Salem witch trials in the 17th century. Swara, in her column in a magazine, compared the media trial against Rhea to the Salem witch trials in the 17th century. She also added that after the initial debate around nepotism, attention was diverted to Rhea after Sushant’s father filed an FIR against her in Patna. Swara wrote that while there has been no evidence to prove that Sushant was murdered, evidence that suggests that Rajput’s family has lied is emerging. Rhea has been investigated by three agencies, the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate. And yet, Swara wrote, “She has been vilified and called slanderous names by social media ecosystems and #JusticeForSushant ‘warriors’. Salacious conspiracy theories about her have done the rounds and she, her family and staff at her building have been physically hounded by shameless media personnel.”
This isn’t the first time that Swara has spoken in defence of Rhea. The actress had earlier described, Showik Chakraborty's arrest in drug case as heart-breaking. On August 10, Swara tweeted, “Rhea is being subjected to a bizarre & dangerous media trial fuel led by hugely problematic impulses of mob justice. I hope the Hon’ble #Supreme Court will pay heed & take fake news spinners & conspiracy theorists like Repooplic, Poopindia & others to task. Let the law decide.” On Monday, Rhea filed a counter-complaint against two of Sushant’s sisters with the Mumbai Police for procuring a forged prescription for him mere days before his death. The FIR was registered by the Mumbai Police and the case was subsequently transferred to the CBI, as per Supreme Court directives. For the unversed, Rhea and her family has been named as the prime accused, in Sushant's death who died on June 14. The actor was found dead at his residence under mysterious circumstances.