It has been over a month since Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee allegedly killed herself, but there is still no clarity on the reasons, or the sequence of events.
Amid several claims and press conferences from Pratyusha's friends, boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, who was booked by the police for abetment of suicide, filed a petition for anticipatory bail in the Bombay High Court and was granted interim relief.
Meanwhile, several claims have been made as the reason behind Pratyusha's suicide. Apart from financial strains and depression, it was alleged that Rahul Raj Singh's affair with TV actress Saloni Sharma, who is allegedly Singh's ex-girlfriend, caused Pratyusha much grief.
Pratyusha's friends Kamya Punjabi, TV producer Vikas Gupta and wedding planner Leena Dias have claimed that Saloni used to harrass and abuse Pratyusha. However, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, she has come clean on her stance.
"Contrary to what is being written, it wasn't me but Pratyusha who was the other woman in Rahul's life. She knew about our affair and manipulated Rahul to leave me, urging him to even break all professional ties," she said.
She further stated that she met Rahul 5 years ago and invested in two event management companies with him. However, they started dating only in the last 3 years of their association, and broke up with him after she learnt that he has started seeing Pratyusha. She would only meet Rahul to collect her remaining dues.
Saloni claims that it is in one of those meetings that an inebriated Pratyusha barged into the Kandivili flat that she shared with Rahul, and abused Saloni, demanding she leave immediately. This was followed by a scuffle between the three in the lobby of the apartment. Saloni filed a complaint about this Bangur Nagar police station in Goregaon, but was asked to withdraw her complaint by the couple as well as the police officers. That was the last time she met Pratyusha.
"I didn't think it's in good taste to talk ill of the dead. But after these allegations I had no option but to speak up," said Saloni to Mumbai Mirror, about why she remained silent all this time.
Read the full interview here.