Hyderabad: The sudden demise of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput triggered a social media storm where several netizens expressed doubts over his ‘suicide’. Mainstream media houses are also covering the issue extensively and there is a lot of speculation circulating on the social media.

A Twitter user posted a picture along with translated text, “When Uddhav Thackeray’s son is roaming with Sushant Sing’s girlfriend Rhea Chakravarthy, how can Sushant Singh be murdered. #CBI Will check.”

Archive of the Tweet can be accessed here.

Fact Check:

The woman seen in the picture along with Adithya Thackeray is not Rhea Chakraborty but Bollywood actress Disha Patani. The claim made in the tweet is FALSE.

Reverse image search led us to an article in IndiaTv News published on March 11, 2019. The article stated that Adithya Thackeray and actress Disha Patani went for lunch in Mumbai. The article also features a few more pictures of them outside the restaurant.

Same was reported on Mumbai Mirror and Times of India.

Adithya Thackeray is an MLA and Cabinet Minister from Maharashtra. He is the son of Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

The lady in the picture along with Adithya Thackeray is not Rhea Chakraborty and the claim made in the tweet is FALSE.

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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