A day after she was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in a drugs case related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty moved a bail plea before a sessions court in Mumbai. The court will hear the bail application on Thursday.
Rhea, who was shifted from the anti-drug agency’s office in south Mumbai Byculla Jail earlier this morning, filed the fresh plea through her lawyer Satish Maneshinde. “She has not committed any crime whatsoever and has been falsely implicated in the case,” said the plea.
This is her second attempt to seek release after magistrate court on Tuesday refused to grant her bail.
Meanwhile the other accused arrested by the NCB including the actress’s brother Showik Chakraborty, Rajput’ house manager Samuel Miranda, his personal staff member Dipes Sawant, and suspected drug peddlers Zaid Vilatra and Basit Parihar, were sent in 14-day judicial custody by the sessions court, special public prosecutor Atul Sarpande said.
Showik and Sawant have applied for bail and their pleas will also be heard on Thursday, he said.
Rhea was arrested on charges of procuring drugs along with Sushant Singh Rajput and paying for the same. She is the tenth person to be arrested in the case, after her brother Showik, Rajput’s former cook Dipesh Sawant and former housekeeper Samuel Miranda, among others.
Based on statements by Chakraborty’s brother Showik, and Rajput’s cook and housekeeper, who were arrested earlier, the NCB said drugs were procured on the directions of both her and Rajput, and that both paid for them, thus establishing that “she (Chakraborty) was an active member of (a) drug syndicate connected with drug supplies”. No narcotics have been recovered from either Chakraborty or Showik.
Late on Tuesday evening, a sessions court rejected Chakraborty’s bail application, sending the 28-year-old to judicial custody for 14 days. NCB Deputy Director General Mutha Ashok Jain had said earlier that they would not seek her custodial remand as they had already questioned her.
Criticising the arrest, her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said in a statement: “This is a travesty of justice, with three central agencies hounding a single woman just because she was in love with a drug addict, (who) was suffering from mental health issues for several years, (was) under the care of five leading psychiatrists in Mumbai and ended up committing suicide due to consumption of illegally administered medicines and used drugs.”
Chakraborty has said in the past that Rajput, whom she was seeing, regularly took marijuana and she had discouraged him from it as he was taking medications for mental issues.