New Delhi: An image of Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray with a woman in his car is being widely circulated on social media, with many claiming she is actor Rhea Chakraborty.
Rhea was said to be in a relationship with actor Sushant Singh Rajput who died by suicide in June.
Several users have taken to Twitter speculating that Thackeray’s alleged “involvement” with Rhea is the reason why the Maharashtra government does not want a CBI probe into Sushant’s death.
— उमानंदन मिश्रा (@umanandanMisra) August 1, 2020
While one Twitter user later said the woman might not be Chakraborty, the tweet had by then garnered over 2,600 likes.
Another tweet by a user, identified as Ankita Dave, had post the same tweet, which has been shared over 3.8 thousand times and seen over 9,000 ‘likes’.
— Ankita Dave (@AnkitaDaveIN) August 1, 2020
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The photo has also been circulated widely on Facebook. One post had over 2.8 thousand shares and more than 500 comments.
A fact-check by ThePrint and SM Hoaxslayer found that the image is of actor Disha Patani and not that of Rhea Chakraborty. The photograph is from June last year when Patani and Thackeray reportedly went for dinner together. It had also led to speculation then that the duo was in a relationship.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra on 14 June. A four-member team of the Bihar Police is in Mumbai to investigate the actor’s death.
While Rhea had on 16 July demanded a CBI probe into Rajput’s death, several media channels are now blaming her for it.
Respected @AmitShah sir ,
I’m sushants Singh Rajputs girlfriend Rhea chakraborty,it is now over a month since his sudden demise
I have complete faith in the government, however in the interest of justice , I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry..part 1 ..
— Rhea Chakraborty (@Tweet2Rhea) July 16, 2020
In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.
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