A day after a Mumbai court turned down Rahul Raj Singh's anticipatory bail plea (filed in response to the police booking him for abetting the suicide of his girlfriend Pratyusha Banerjee on 1 April), his former lawyer Neeraj Gupta stepped forward with some explosive claims.
Neeraj, who had backed out of the case on Wednesday citing "humanitarian grounds" had claimed that his client kept him in the dark about crucial facts.
The lawyer also held a press conference, in which he laid charges of cheating and swindling against Rahul, his former client.
The Times of India quoted Neeraj as saying, "Rahul was partying with a girl at the Bora Bora restaurant on 31 March, the night before Pratyusha committed suicide. He even fought with the girl (there)."
He also claimed that Rahul had a "modus operandi" where he would "introduce actresses to drugs, con them and then dump them". Neeraj said that Rahul had done the same to Pratyusha.
Among the claims the lawyer made was that Pratyusha had injuries on her nose and cheekbones at the time of her death.
Incidentally, the police had also made a similar statement about the actress' injuries at the time of Rahul Raj's bail plea hearing in court.
NDTV reported that the police "had found old injury marks on Pratyusha's body, which might indicate that she was tortured by Rahul, ultimately pushing her to commit suicide".
In the meantime, the police has also been investigating the withdrawal of Rs 24 lakhs from the actress' bank account.