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Fake social media followers scam: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone to be questioned by Mumbai Police

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It seems like B-town is going with a very tough phase. Amid the ongoing tension across the Bollywood industry, another news has taken social media by storm. According to the latest development, A-listed Bollywood celebs including Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Deepika Padukone could be questioned by Mumbai police after a scam of ‘fake followers’ has emerged on social media.

Many high profile personalities, builders and sportsperson are under scanner the racket allegedly involves international companies. According to the news reports, Mumbai police has been investigating the case with respect to the paid and fake followers.

There are around 176 accounts that will be reportedly interrogated by the Mumbai police.

According to media reports, Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police Vinay Kumar Chaubey has stated that they have found around 54 firms who have a hand in the fake social media followers scam.

“We have investigated and found as many as 54 firms involved in this racket. SIT comprising the Crime Branch along with Cyber Cell has been formed which will help in investigating this case,” Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police Vinay Kumar Chaubey was quoted as saying.

The news reports also state that a man named Abhishek Dinesh Daude has reportedly been arrested by the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Police in relation to making fake social media accounts.

The news reports also add that an international social media marketing company called www.followerskart.com, is under the police scanner. The media reports state that Abhishek Dinesh Daude has claimed that he works for the foreign company.

The news broke after Bollywood singer Bhumi Trivedi found a fake profile of her name on social media. The person who had created the fake profile on Instagram would chat with people and would then use these screenshots to increase the followers.

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Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke fame Sameer Sharma dies by suicide

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Amidst investigations into Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide case, another shocking event has taken place in the entertainment industry. Popular TV actor Sameer Sharma, who was last seen in Yeh Rishte Hain Pyaar Ke allegedly committed suicide at his Malad residence in Mumbai, on Wednesday night.

As per reports, the 44-year-old actor was found hanging by the kitchen ceiling of his home in Neha CHS building, situated at Ahinsa Marg, Malad west.

According to the Malad police, Sameer had recently rented the apartment in February this year. His body was discovered by the watchman of the society. Looking at the condition of the body, the police suspect that the actor committed suicide two days back. However, no suicide note has been recovered from the spot.

A case of accidental death has been registered by the police in the case, Mid-Day reports. Reports mentioned that no ‘note’ has been found at the actor’s residence. “A case of accidental death has been registered and the body has been sent for autopsy,” said senior inspector George Fernandez, Malad police station.

The actor was last seen in Yeh Rishte Hain Pyaar Ke. He played Kuhu’s father on the show. Apart from that, he’s been a part of several other shows including Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Du. He has also acted in many movies including Hasee Toh Phasee.

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‘Truth must come out,’ says SC on Sushant Singh case, pulls up Maharashtra govt over quarantining Bihar cop

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that it is unfortunate that a gifted artist like Sushant Singh Rajput passed away under unusual circumstances and the truth in the matter should come out.

Justice Hrishikesh Roy, hearing the arguments on a plea by Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty seeking transfer of the case from Patna to Mumbai, said “very unfortunate incident has taken place”.

“A gifted and talented artist has passed away in circumstances which are unusual. Now, the circumstances in which this death took place needs to be inquired into,” Justice Roy observed.

The judge also added that it needs to be investigated whether there was any criminality involved in the matter.

“Everybody has an opinion in the matter, we need to proceed according to the law,” added Justice Roy.

Rhea Chakraborty’s counsel asked the top court to grant her interim protection.

Opposing the plea, Vikas Singh, lawyer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, told the Supreme Court that evidence was being tampered with, and now, after the Centre has informed the court about the CBI inquiry into the matter then her petition does not survive.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed the Supreme Court that the Centre has accepted Bihar government’s request recommending CBI enquiry into the alleged suicide of the actor.

Stating that “It is in everyone’s interest that the truth should be unraveled,” the top court also pulled up the Maharashtra government for quarantining for 14 days Bihar Police IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who has been tasked with heading the probe in the matter.

“It doesn’t send out a good message. He was there to do his job. You must do everything in a professional manner. Protect all evidence,” said Justice Roy.

The lawyer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father had told the apex court that the quarantine is only to destroy the evidence. He also pleaded before the court for a direction to Mumbai Police to cooperate with Bihar Police in the matter.

The Bihar Police has claimed the Mumbai Police of “forcibly” quarantining Patna police officer Vinay Tiwari.

However, the Maharashtra government counsel insisted that there has been no destruction of evidence in the case.

Posting the matter for further hearing next week, the Supreme Court also sought a status report from Mumbai Police on its probe so far into the actor’s death.

The top court has sought a status report from the state governments in Bihar, Maharashtra, the centre and Sushant Singh Rajput’s father to file their responses to Chakraborty’s petition in three days.

The Bihar Police had filed an FIR against Chakraborty on a complaint by the Sushant Singh’s father, alleging that she illegally transferred Rs 15 crore from the actor’s Mumbai bank account and mentally harassed him.

However, the Maharashtra government has stated that the FIR by Patna police is “politically motivated and that it does not have any jurisdiction.”

The young actor, 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14 and since then the police have been probing the case keeping in mind various angles. Rejecting any foul play, the final post-mortem report had stated that Sushant died of asphyxia as a result of hanging.

On Tuesday, the Bihar government recommended CBI investigation into the alleged suicide case after Sushant’s father KK Singh spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and requested him for the same.

With several twists and turns emerging in the past few days, there has been a growing clamour from political parties as well as some Bollywood personalities to hand over the case to the CBI.

However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had slammed the demands and asserted that the Mumbai police was capable of probing the actor’s death in June.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Mumbai Police had made a startling revelation that the late actor had googled his own name and of his former manager Disha Salian — who committed suicide on June 9 — as well as words related to death and mental disorder in his last few hours.

The police said they retrieved this information from his mobile phone and laptop.

Sushant searched for words like “painless death”, “schizophrenia” and “bipolar disorder” on Google, according to Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan tests coronavirus negative, discharged from hospital

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday tested coronavirus negative and has been discharged from the Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital.

Bachchan was in hospital for 23 days after he announced on July 11 of being tested positive for coronavirus.

Abhishek Bachchan had informed on Twitter about BigB’s health.

“My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him,” he said.

However, Abhishek Bachchan further informed that he remained Covid-19 positive and remain in the hospital.

“I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted,” he said.

“I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise,” he added.

A few days back, Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya had tested negative and was discharged from the hospital.

Expressing his thoughts in his blog, Amitabh wrote, “… they go home the little one and Bahurani .. and the tears flow out .. the little one embraces and tells me not to cry ..’you’ll be home soon’ she assures .. I must believe her.”

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