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Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu hail Lakshmi Manchu's stand against Rhea Chakraborty's media trial

Even as the CBI continues to investigate the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, a section of the media has already declared the actress guilty.

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Actress Lakshmi Manchu recently took to Twitter to hit out at the media trial of Rhea Chakraborty in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. A section of the media has already declared Chakraborty guilty even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is still investigating the case. Manchu’s stand was hailed by Vidya Balan and Taapsee Pannu. 

In an emotional note on Twitter, Manchu wrote, “I see so many people silent because media has made a monster out of a girl. I don’t know the truth and I want to know the truth and I hope the truth will come out in the most honest way. I have complete trust in the judiciary system and all the agencies that are involved in bringing justice to Sushant. But until then can we restrain ourselves from being evil and cruel and lynching of a person and her entire family without knowing the facts.” 

She added, “I am pained by what we have become. How are we being authentic if we don’t speak our heart when we have a voice to lend. I am standing up for my colleague.” 

Replying to her note, Vidya tweeted, “God bless you Lakshmi Manchu for saying this loud. It is so unfortunate that the tragic and untimely death of a beloved young star Sushant Singh Rajput has become a media circus. In the same breath, as a woman, my heart breaks at the vilification of Rhea Chakraborty. Isn’t it supposed to be ‘innocent until proven guilty?’ or is it now ‘guilty until proven innocent?’ Let’s show some respect to the constitutional rights of a citizen and let the law take its course.” 

Taapse Pannu, who was the first to salute Manchu's stand, replied to her note, saying, “I didn’t know Sushant on a personal level nor do I know Rhea but what I know is, it only takes to be a human to understand how wrong it is to overtake judiciary to convict someone who isn’t proven guilty. Trust the law of the land for your sanity and the deceased’s sanctity.” 

As expected, a large number of Twitter users have slammed Manchu, Vidya and Pannu for their stand. 

According to the post-mortem report, Rajput ended his life on 14 June at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai, by hanging. Besides the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are also probing different angles of the case.