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Comedian Daniel Fernandes issues an apology to Sushant Singh Rajput’s fans for joking about late actor’s death

After facing criticism by fans of Sushant Singh Rajput online, comedian Daniel Fernandes issued an apology from his official social media handle. He apologised for making fun of Sushant Singh Rajput and corrected a factual error on the late actor's girlfriend and prime accused Rhea Chakraborty's arrest. Daniel in his stand-up video poked fun at the 'Justice for Sushant Singh Rajput' movement, which had stirred the nation. He poked fun at the fact that many of his fans were more interested in fighting for justice of a dead actor than caring about the rise of COVID-19 cases in India. He cited the AIIMS medical report which had ruled out any possibilities of murder. About Rhea Chakraborty, the actress who had been Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend, he corrected his earlier version that she was acquitted. In his apology note, he said, 'I said that Rhea has been acquitted of her charges. That is factually incorrect. She has been released on bail'. As a comedian, he said his intention is 'to entertain people and make them laugh, but sometimes in that endeavor, it is possible that I might evoke an unfavorable response'. The full text of Daniel's apology reads, 'My recent stand-up video appears to have offended a lot of fans of the late Sushant Singh Rajput, many of who have pointed out an apology is in order and I agree!... As a comedian, my only intention is always only to entertain you and make you laugh, but sometimes in that endeavor, it is possible that I might evoke an unfavorable response. He then added, 'I said that Rhea has been acquitted of her charges. That is factually incorrect. She has been released on bail. For some weird reason, I used the word 'acquitted' by mistake in the Pune show. It is definitely not how I have written or performed it elsewhere. I take that back and apologise to anyone whose feelings may have been hurt'. For the unversed, Sushant died by suicide on June 14 at his Bandra apartment. Three central agencies the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Narcotics Control Bureau, and the Enforcement Directorate are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

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