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Sushant Singh Rajput case: Rhea Chakraborty’s bail plea to be heard in sessions court

Rhea Chakraborty was on Tuesday arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in the drugs case linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. After her bail plea was rejected by a magistrate court, she was sent to judicial custody till September 22.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai |
Updated: September 10, 2020 4:21:22 pm
Sushant Singh Rajput rhea chakraborty drugsSushant Singh Rajput passed away in Mumbai on June 14. (Photo: Sushant Singh Rajput/Facebook)

The Sushant Singh Rajput case saw its biggest development earlier this week when Rhea Chakraborty was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on charges of procuring drugs along with Sushant Singh Rajput and paying for the same. NCB made the arrest after three days of questioning Rhea, who is the prime accused in boyfriend Sushant’s death.

After her bail plea was rejected by a magistrate court, Rhea was sent to judicial custody till September 22. Before the actor, her brother Showik Chakraborty was also arrested by NCB. No narcotics have been recovered from either Rhea or Showik.

In its remand application to a magistrate court, NCB said, “It is also clear… that Rhea used to procure drugs for Rajput for consumption purposes. Rhea used to manage finances for drug procurement along with Rajput. As per disclosures made by Rhea, she was arrested.”

The others arrested include the late Sushant Singh Rajput’s cook Dipesh Sawant and his housekeeper Samuel Miranda. Abbas Lakhani, Karn Arora and Kaizan Ebrahim, who were arrested in connection with the drugs case, are out on bail.

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16:21 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Judgement on Rhea's bail plea to be announced tomorrow
15:42 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Investigation will decide if Rhea should be charged as drug abuser or part of syndicate, says NCB official

An NCB official said it will only be after an investigation that the agency will be able to determine if Rhea Chakraborty should be charged as a drug abuser or as part of a syndicate. “It will then be up to the court to decide. We will specify the individual charges in case of all the accused we name in the case for the court to decide if any accused should be granted immunity post a de-addiction course as per the Act.”

15:40 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Proceedings have taken severe toll on Rhea's mental health: Actor's bail plea

In her bail plea, Rhea Chakraborty has also said that she has been subjected to investigation by three agencies, so far, along with a “substantial media trial”. “All of these proceedings have taken a severe toll on her mental health and well-being. Any further custody would only worsen her condition,” the plea states. It adds further custody amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and a spike in cases in the city, it will be “gravely prejudicial” to her physical health as well.

15:39 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Seems there was error by the court: NCB on bail of three other accused in drug case

Rhea Chakraborty has also sought bail on grounds of parity since three other persons arrested in the case have been granted bail. It adds Section 27(A) of the NDPS Act — pertaining to financing illicit traffic of drugs — is only applied to the actor and her brother Showik “despite there being no seizures from the two”.

An NCB official said Chakraborty’s bail plea will be opposed, adding that at the stage of FIR the agency did not distinguish between individual roles and the sections applied are applicable to all the 10 accused.

“We will be detailing individual roles while filing the complaint (chargesheet) before the court,” the official said. He added as per Section 37 of the NDPS Act there was an embargo against giving bail to an accused in certain sections of the NDPS Act, which includes 27(A).

When questioned how Kaizan Ebrahim, Karn Arora, and Abbas Lakhani, also arrested in the same case, managed to get bail when 27(A) is a non-bailable section, the official said, “It seems there was some error on the part of the court and we may approach the court against their bail.” Arora and Lakhani were granted bail on August 29 while Ebrahim was granted bail on September 5. The NCB, so far, has not approached the court seeking cancellation of their bails.

13:42 (IST)10 Sep 2020
NCB deliberately vague on quantum, financing of drugs: Rhea's lawyer

Rhea Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Maneshinde approached the Mumbai city civil and district sessions court for her bail on Wednesday. In the plea, the 28-year-old actor has said the NCB is “silent” and “deliberately vague” on the amount of financing, quantum and type of drugs she is alleged to have procured and financed.

“The case of NCB in layman’s terms is that the applicant (Chakraborty) would coordinate the delivery of drugs for her then boyfriend (Rajput) and occasionally pay for them herself. In essence, her alleged role, if any, is the purchase of a small quantity of drugs for her then boyfriend, which would squarely fall within the ambit of a section which is punishable with a maximum imprisonment of up to one year or with fine or both,” the plea states, adding the charges against her are bailable.

13:35 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rhea Chakraborty moves sessions court for bail

Rhea Chakraborty filed a bail application before the sessions court on Wednesday stating the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) contended her to be an “active member of a drug syndicate” based only on the allegation that she purchased a small quantity of drugs for actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who died by suicide on June 14.

Chakraborty’s bail was rejected by the magistrate’s court late on Tuesday after she was arrested by the NCB for charges including financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders under Section 27(A) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The actor, who was kept at the NCB office on Tuesday, was shifted to the Byculla Women’s Jail on Wednesday morning.

Sushant Singh Rajput's former girlfriend Ankita Lokhande on Wednesday took to Instagram and wrote, "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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