Guwahati: Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP who represents Kaliabor in Assam, has turned down heavily on certain sections of the media due to their alleged "exploitation" of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput for ratings. The actor, who was found hanging on June 14, has found himself the object of intense media scrutiny amid the ongoing investigation into his death.
"Sushant Singh's death could have been an inflection point to remove the stigma around depression and start a positive debate on mental health esp given the influence of social media on youth. Yet we see a naked hunger and shameless exploitation for TRPs and political ambitions," the MP, launching a scathing attack, wrote on Twitter.
Although some of Gogoi's followers agreed with him that the media circus around Sushant's death is indeed a rat race for higher TRPs, others said that other angles -- such as murder -- cannot be ruled out.
"Suffocating and now nauseating to watch this TRP race! What saddens more is that such talented journos can do so much for the betterment of the society but 99% of them are wasting their talent & time on trying to just please THE SHALLOW POWERED!," a Twitter user, agreeing with the MP, wrote.
Sushant Singh's death could have been an inflection point to remove the stigma around depression and start a positive debate on mental health esp given the influence of social media on youth. Yet we see a naked hunger and shameless exploitation for TRPs and political ambitions.— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) September 29, 2020
Another said, "It was a suicide, declared by police. But people are too blind to believe that." However, others argued that for justice to prevail, a complete investigation into the death of the 'Kai Po Che' actor must be carried out.
Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant's rumoured girlfriend, and her brother Showik were arrested after Sushant's bereaved family filed an FIR in Patna, based on which an investigation into the case has been launched.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), one of the 3 national agencies investigating the death of the actor, recently said that it is "conducting a professional probe in the case. All the aspects are being investigated and no aspects have been ruled out yet."
Meanwhile, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), investigating the drug angle in the case, today told the Bombay High Court that Rhea Chakraborty had bought drugs for and "concealed" Sushant Singh Rajput's drug habit, and hence Section 27A of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act providing punishment for financing drug trafficking and harbouring offenders was applicable against her.
On Saturday, three Bollywood actors, including Deepika Padukone, were questioned by the NCB based on messages found on Rhea's cell phone.
Meanwhile, Rhea's counsel, advocate Satish Maneshinde, claims that Rhea is being made a scapegoat due to the impending polls in Bihar, Sushant's home state.