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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.

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’.

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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.

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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.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.

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4 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Now I have a doubt on ur intention when call a newspaper anti national on a report where they tried to clear a fact.. and then people like u talk about the justice.. lol

  2. Are you the same biased newspaper agency against which there are allegations of getting funds from underworld? Oh! I see the reason for promptness in calling out the false tweet.

    I see in your opinion column, the toxic views designed to harm my country (my country is India, people like you dont have any), so through the same opinion column please opine and let us know if you support CBI enquiry in SSR case.

    To register in reader’s sub concious minds that the death is a suicide, I see an interesting trend in the leftist, anti national media – in the 1st or 2nd line of your article you guys dont fail to mention SSR died by suicide. Let truth come out my friend, dont try to influence justice.

    BTW say Hi and FU to your Pakistani sponsors, we will get u all one day. Bharat Mata ki jai!! Justice for SSR

    • Why so upset when then truth is told and fake busted. Just a glance at image you can identify who lady is. Is exposing the truth biased and harming my country too oh I see yours too no? Who told you that you have exclusive right of this country? You seem such an obnoxious person. Btw do you have any proof that the Print is sponsored by Pakistan? Oh I see it’s circulated on whatsApp and BJP IT Cell right? Have original thought of your own instead of being manipulated by hatred ideology.


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