Sushant Singh Rajput: Bollywood producers file suit over media coverage
Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan's production companies have joined the case
Some of Bollywood's largest production companies have filed lawsuits against "irresponsible reporting" by some Indian media outlets.
It comes after the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.
He is believed to have killed himself, but the case sparked months of speculation from news networks.
Dozens of companies, including star companies Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, have taken action.
"The livelihoods of people associated with Bollywood are severely affected by the smear campaign carried out by the defendants," the case said.
Indian media has been dominated by the actor's death in recent months.
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"Why does the media act like vultures?"
A total of 34 producers and four film industry associations have joined the case against two Indian media channels and four presenters who have not yet responded to the allegations.
"Bollywood members' privacy is being violated and their reputation is being irreparably damaged by portraying all of Bollywood as criminals who have invaded the drug culture and become part of Bollywood as part of criminal acts in the public imagination," is called the complaint.
The 34-year-old Rajput was found dead in his home in Mumbai on June 14. Police at the time said he killed himself.
His family later filed a police complaint against his girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, accusing her of committing suicide and other crimes, which she has all denied.
Since then, some Bollywood stars, including actress Deepika Padukone, have also been interviewed as part of the investigation into Rajput's death - although no one has been charged with wrongdoing.
The case is currently being investigated by three federal agencies.
Rumors and suspicions about what happened and who was responsible for it are widespread.
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