Pune: On Saturday, pianist Karan Joseph allegedly jumped to death from a 12-storey building in Bandra (Mumbai). However, musicians and Joseph’s family are alleging that this is not a case a suicide, but there is more to it.
The musicians’ community has come out on social media platforms and have accused Joseph’s flatmate Rishi Shah, CEO of Crossbones Media, as the person responsible for Karan’s death.
According to Divya, daughter of renowned music composer Lesle Lewis, an FIR has been filed at Bandra police station by Joseph’s family. The police have urged people to come forward with information in this matter if there’s anyone who has had any conversation with Joseph that could provide vital clues.
The late musician’s father claims that the night before the unfortunate incident, Joseph messaged his mother about the threat calls he was getting and how his friends were not supporting him.
According to Shah’s statement, Joseph was living with him in his flat for a month. Shah also had a female friend from Estonia, Suzana, visiting him. On Saturday, Joseph was at a friend’s place at around 4.30 am. Half an hour later, some of Joseph’s friends received a message that he was being beaten up and needed help.
Shah claims that he too got a call at around 6 am from Joseph about being beaten up and threatened. Joseph came home an hour later, approached the window and jumped before the two could comprehend what was happening. However, his friends feel that the fact that Joseph shared a post on Facebook which rubbished a review by Rave World, run by Shah, could have triggered some tussle.
On the portal, on September 10, Adil Rashid, the lead guitarist of Underground Authority (India), commented on Clayton’s status (mentioned earlier) “We were very shocked to hear about Karan. And we hope truth and justice will prevail. We have had a very rough time dealing with this guy (Shah), and we hope no one else has to. About our matter, we will talk about it, because we have seen how this guy has tried to intimidate, and manipulate us. Fortunately, the band stood united.”
When he was asked to elaborate, Rashid posted, “Rishi approached Underground Authority (India) last year, and made a huge bungle of trying to get us to record some songs. Initially we jumped at the opportunity, but later we realised that this man is abusive, and violently threatens people. We are in the middle of a massive dispute with this guy and the way he treated us, taking full advantage of the fact that we were in a place where we were powerless, just shows what this man is capable of. It’s absolutely valid to believe that he has done this, maybe more severely, to other people, and we should work on uncovering the truth.”
Other friends of Joseph and fellow musicians, have come out to voice their opinions about Shah, and there is a strong feeling online that he may have something to do with the musician’s death.
When Sakal Times called Rishi Shah and informed him about the allegations made by other musicians, he scoffed and said that he is undergoing a police investigation and cannot make a comment.