Taapsee Pannu, Anubhav Sinha criticise media harassment of Rhea Chakraborty, call it 'shameful witch hunt'

Rhea Chakraborty appeared before the NCB for questioning in the drugs case linked to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

FP Staff September 07, 2020 09:04:25 IST
Taapsee Pannu, Anubhav Sinha criticise media harassment of Rhea Chakraborty, call it 'shameful witch hunt'

Several Bollywood personalities, including actors Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, and filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, criticised media persons mobbing actor Rhea Chakraborty, flouting safety protocol amid COVID-19 pandemic, as she reached Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office on Sunday.

Chakraborty, who is accused of abetting Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide by his family, appeared before the NCB for questioning in the drugs case linked to the death of the actor and her live-in partner.

According to viral visuals from several channels on social media, the 28-year-old actor was seen being heckled and pushed by the media as she made her way to the NCB office, escorted by Mumbai Police.

This behaviour by media persons was criticised by Twitter users, including celebrities from the fraternity who called it "disgusting".

Pannu took to Twitter and lamented over the treatment being meted out to Chakraborty in the case.

This was the "lowest" the country had stooped to, said Bhasker.

Dia Mirza said the behaviour by the media present on ground was "reprehensible".

The NCB, over the last two days, has arrested Chakraborty's younger brother Showik Chakraborty (24), Rajput's house manager Samuel Miranda (33) and Dipesh Sawant, a member of the actor's personal staff, in this case.

Anubhav Sinha said the video of Chakraborty's entry into the NCB office was representative of the "power of media over law and order in Mumbai".

"And yes, this is much worse than being called names. Any names," he added.

Filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava said it's sad how the entire country's focus was on Chakraborty.

Various angles surrounding the death of Rajput, 34, are being probed by three federal agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The NCB initiated a drug angle probe in this case after the ED shared with it a report following the cloning of two mobile phones of Chakraborty.

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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