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Ankita Lokhande has come out in support of her former boyfriend and late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and has shared an open letter on Wednesday about the investigation in the late actor's death case, targeting Rhea on various aspects. The actress also said that she never called Rhea Chakraborty a murdered but questioned if not telling the family about Sushant's depression was correct or not.

Excerpts from the letter

When she very well knew about his mental state by publicly stating that he was in depression. Should she have allowed a depressed man to consume drugs? How is that going to help?

Read her full letter below:

When many fans agreed with Ankita's opinions, Rhea's close friend Shibani Dandekar took to her Instagram stories and slammed the actress for her words.

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I again clarify, for the reason time and again being asked by the media to me on whether I feel it's a murder or suicide? I have never said it's a murder or anyone in particular is responsible. I always have encouraged justice for my late friend SSR and stood by the bereaved family and truth should be brought out by the investigating agencies. Being a Maharashtrian and an Indian citizen, I have total faith in the Maharashtra State Govt/Police & Central Government instrumentalities. Though when some lingos like "Sautan" and "widow" were used for me, which is in public knowledge. I never responded to it. I only came forward to narrate about SSR and his mental health till 2016. Dear Haters! Let us assume you must have known in and out about your friend and whats going on in her life and relationship. Glad to see you wake up finally, but I wish you would have woken up sooner and advised your friend not to support any kind of drug abuse by SSR if any. When she very well knew about his mental state by publicly stating that he was in depression. Should she have allowed a depressed man to consume drugs? How is that going to help? His condition would deteriorate to a level that would make a man take the action that SSR has allegedly taken. She was the closest person to him at that time. On one hand, she says she was coordinating with all the doctors for his betterment of health on request of SSR, and on the other hand, she was coordinating drug logistics for him. Would anyone, who claims to have loved someone so deeply, allow the other person to consume drugs claiming to know his mental state and condition? Would you do that? I don't think anyone would. So how can it not be seen as an act of carelessness and irresponsibility? As per her, she informed his family about his ongoing treatment but did she ever inform them about his drug consumption? I am sure she didn't because maybe she, herself, enjoyed consuming it. And this is why I feel it's Karma/Fate. Little advice for the unknown."You guard your friend and I am standing by the family". But let us maintain civility by not coming on to each other personally, either directly or indirectly.

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Shibani's befitting response to Ankit Lokhande

Shibani called out Ankita and deemed her as a princess of patriarchy while suggesting that she hasn't dealt with her relationship issues with Sushant. She also added that the actress had played a "major role in this 'witch-hunt'."

Shibani Dandekar wrote, "Such a grotesque letter by (Ankita). This princess of patriarchy who has never dealt with her relationship issues with Sushant, clearly she wants her two seconds of fame and has capitalised on Rhea being targeted. She has played a major role in this 'witch-hunt', and she needs to be called out! She also needs to shut the hell up. Enough Ankita! No one has more hate in their heart (?) than you."

Taking to Twitter, Shibani wrote, "This woman clearly wants her 2 seconds of fame and has capitalised on Rhea being targeted because she has had never dealt with her relationship issues with Sushant. she has been the driving force behind this, and she needs to be called out!"

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Check out Shibani's response to Ankita

Earlier, Shibani was one of the few Bollywood stars to have come out and openly supported Rhea, highlighting her 'unimaginable trauma' and calling her a 'pillar of strength' amid the SSR case. Since then, many others have come out to support Rhea, played down the charges that have seen her being sent to Byculla Jail, and attempted to make a meal out of the 'smash patriarchy' t-shirt as though it has a bearing on recent happenings.

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Updates on Rhea Chakraborty

A special court in Mumbai will on Thursday hear a bail plea filed by actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was on Tuesday arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for allegedly arranging drugs for actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead in his flat in the city on June 14. Currently, Rhea is in Byculla jail.