While a detailed autopsy report is still awaited, the Raigad Policehave begun an investigation on the death case and are reportedly looking at it from ‘multiple angles’.
While it is alleged that theart director had a financial crisis, the police are also examining any other possible external or business-related crisis that could have pushed him to take his life.New reports state that hours before Desai took his life at around 4 a.m., he had reportedly left behind a “recorded suicide message” in which he named certain persons who may have abetted his death. A report on Times Now states that the audio file mentions the names of four people whose numbers are also saved on Desai’s phone. A forensic team has presently taken the phone for examination.
According to reports, Desai was reeling under a financial crisis with an accumulated debt of over Rs 250 crore. Reports on IANS stated that Desai, his wife Naina and their firm had availed a loan of Rs 150 crore in 2016, and then another loan of Rs 31 crore in 2018, totalling Rs 181. His financial woes began in 2019 when he started delaying payments. By June 2022, he accumulated a total outstanding amount of Rs 252 crore, following which the insolvency proceedings were initiated in end-July.
Desai’s last rites shall be performed at the studio premises on Friday (August 4) as desired by him, after his son and two daughters arrive home from the US.