"If I Am Having A Sip Of Beer, It Doesn't Mean I Have Moved On" - Rahul Raj Singh Opens Up About Pratyusha Banerjee

Disha Dadlani , 23 Sep 2016
Rahul Raj Singh, Pratusha Banerjee
Rahul Raj Singh, Pratusha Banerjee

Lately, Rahul Raj Singh has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. He was recently in news for allegedly molesting an actress and for driving under the influence of alcohol, without a license. Reportedly, Rahul rubbished this news and claimed that he was not the one behind the wheel. In an interview with Bombay Times, the actor spoke about the charges against him and about moving on after Pratyusha Banerjee‘s death.

Here are some excerpts from his Bombay Times interview:

On being booked for drunk driving

I wasn’t driving. A friend of mine was behind the wheel as my driver was on leave. I rarely drive ever since the incident (Pratyusha’s death) took place; the doctor has also advised me not to. Looks like every case that involves me even remotely is blown out of proportion.

When asked if his ex Saloni Sharma was with him when he was ‘drunk driving’, he said,

Saloni was not with me. The identity of the friend driving the car will be revealed only to the court. Saloni is a business partner, something that both of us have said since the beginning.

On the molestation charges against him

Firstly, there was just one girl and not two. Secondly, every girl here is a self-proclaimed actress or model. If there are any charges of molestation, would I be roaming free? Isn’t that a serious allegation? I went for a birthday party with my sister,Sahila Chaddha, where a group of three men started misbehaving with her. I intervened and immediately left to sit in another section. While we were leaving, they started to abuse us and a girl came charging towards us. She hit Sahila di with her heels. I was nowhere even close to her to be accused of molesting her and this has been corroborated by the CCTV footage. We went to the police station and filed an FIR. The girl and her group filed a counter complaint.

On the several controversies that surrounded him after his bail

I think I have become a soft target for these aspiring actresses.

On moving on from Pratyusha Banerjee’s death

I only go out with my friends, who are trying their best to pull me out of the trauma. What do you expect me to do? Stay in the hospital or be out on the road like a mad man? I had given my 100 per cent to my relationship with Pratyusha. The incident was shocking to me as well and I am still trying to figure out what could have triggered that. It’s wrong to say that I have moved on and am partying. If I am having a sip of beer, it doesn’t mean that I have moved on. People resume work after losing a parent; they don’t stop living. But yes, that void can’t be filled.

The actor went on to say that he has been careful since all eyes are on him, but nevertheless, whenever he steps out it ends up in a controversy.

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