As the media debate and discussion over actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death continues, the late actor's embattled girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty on Thursday spoke out for the first time in a lengthy interview with India Today Editor Rajdeep Sardesai.
And this does not seem to have sat well with another news channel, which has repeatedly taken to social media with the hashtag "ArrestRhea". The channel claims that this is a PR stunt of sorts (dubbing it "Operation Whitewash") and said that it was a "contest between justice and propaganda".
Incidentally, the matter is under investigation by the CBI, the ED and the Narcotics Bureau.
One of the claims made by the channel however has now seen it lock horns with Director Anurag Kashyap. In recent days Times Now has accessed many WhatsApp chats, which seem to suggest a drug link in the case. On Thursday, Editor Navika Kumar claimed that Rhea Chakraborty had been in touch with "several big directors".
In a clip that was shared by Times Now's Twitter handle, Kumar can be heard talking about how Rhea was in touch with Anurag Kashyap. Allegedly, the director had wanted Rhea to fight the "adverse publicity through PR".
While admitting that she does not have a copy of the chats, Kumar claims that she has seen them, alleging that Kashyap was someone Rhea sought help from.
Reacting to the same, Kashyap replied that he still had a copy of the chat in case the journalist was interested.
"I still have the copy of the chats if you want madam Navika Kumar .. how conveniently you don’t have the copy .. poor you," he tweeted.