While Sushant Singh Rajput death case is taking fresh twists everyday, several new names are being associated with his death on a daily basis. Sooraj Pancholi is one of the people whose name popped up recently in connection with Sushant’s death. In an exclusive conversation with India Today Television’s Sushant Mehta, Sooraj Pancholi talked about senior BJP leader Narayan Rane’s allegations against him, his connection with Disha Salian, nepotism and more.
Excerpts from the conversation:
BJP’s Narayan Rane has put some serious allegations against you. He has said that on June 13, a party was organised at your home which was attended by powerful people. He said that Sooraj Pancholi should be asked who they were. What kind of party was it? What is your connection with Sushant Singh Rajput? Were there any prominent political leaders? Who were there from Bollywood?
You should ask him that who told him these things. I didn’t have any party at home. Nither do I have any connection with Sushant Singh Rajput or his manager (Disha Salian). First thing I want to say is that whatever news or rumours that are coming about me are coming through social media. News channels are putting stuff from Facebook and YouTube videos, which some people have made out of frustration. This is something we all know. I didn’t have any party at my home. There’s a message, which is being circulated on Whatsapp. My friends from Dubai, London and even Hyderabad are sending me saying I had a party at my penthouse. That I invited Sushant, Disha and Aaditya Thackeray. First of all, I don’t have a penthouse. I live on first floor in Versova. The police are aware of me not being included or me not being attached to this case. I don’t know why they are not saying anything. I don’t know why Mumbai Police is shut about this. They should be saying something about this. I don’t care what Narayan Rane is saying. Did Sushant’s family say anything about this? Did Sushant’s father say this? Did Sushant’s sister say this? Did Sushant’s relatives say this about me?
I had nothing to do with Sushant. Mera kya lena dena tha uske sath? I have been facing this humiliation for the past eight years, from my case to now being attached to Sushant ‘s case, kyun? Why? I don’t know why. These people who are talking about me and these big news channels naming me, what proof do they have? They have nothing to lose Mr Narayan Rane has nothing to lose. He has made it. He is at a big level and I am nowhere to compete with him. I cannot compete with the biggies. They have nothing to lose. I have a lot to lose. Aaditya Thackeray has nothing to lose nor Narayan Rane.
A news channel has named me over 30 times in Sushant’s case. On what basis? They are saying they will open my personal case. I don’t think they are aware of my case, for the past 8 years. I have been fighting it legally.
It’s an active case
I have been in court since I was 21 years old. Today, I am 29. Since eight years I have been trying to fight my battle in court legally. I have won two defamation cases against Rabia Khan, but she is sitting in London giving interviews. She has no courage to show up in court and fight the case against me. If she really cared about her daughter, she would fight this case in court. Because I believe in our court. There’s nobody else who can give me justice besides our court and I go to the court every single day. I have not missed one, one date at all. I have gone there at my worst days. I have been facing this for the past eight years. And these big news channels and these big politicians are naming me for what, because I’m an easy scapegoat. That’s it. It is very unfair. I have had sleepless nights because of this. it has been eight years. I am still struggling in this industry. Let me say it clearly, I am still struggling. I am not Shahrukh Khan’s son. Yes, my father is from the industry. He had his time, but now it is my battle by myself. I don’t have this kind of support. People think I do. Yes, Salman sir did launch me. But after that, it was up to me to prove myself in the industry. But these people don’t let me prove it because they have ruined my image. They have humiliated me. They have humiliated my family. They have sabotaged my image for the past eight years, and now they are dragging me into Sushant’s case for no reason.