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Rhea Chakraborty’s judicial custody in drugs case extended till October 20

Meanwhile, Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters Priyanka and Meetu moved the Bombay High Court seeking to quash an FIR based on Rhea’s complaint.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 7, 2020 1:31:48 am
Rhea Chakraborty, rhea chakraborty judicial custody, Bombay High Court, rhea chakraborty drugs case, mumbai city newsActress Rhea Chakraborty and brother Showik at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in August. (Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

A Special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act Cout on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and others till October 20.

The accused arrested in the drugs case were previously sent to judicial custody till October 6. The special court extended their custody by another two weeks. Chakraborty was arrested on September 8 by the NCB. Her bail plea was rejected by the special court, following which she has filed an appeal before the Bombay High Court. The order on her bail application is reserved.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing on a plea filed by Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters Priyanka and Meetu seeking to quash FIR against them based on a complaint lodged by Rhea Chakraborty to October 13, citing “no urgency.”

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A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice M S Karnik heard the plea through video conference filed through advocate Madhav Thorat.

Rhea, facing probe central agencies in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, on September 7 filed a police complaint against the late actor’s sister Priyanka Singh and a doctor from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in Delhi for allegedly getting Sushant psychiatric drugs without consultation and by using a forged prescription.

Rhea, in her complaint, asked the Bandra police to investigate if these medications, which fall under the ambit of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, resulted in the deterioration of Sushant’s mental health or his death on June 14.

In their plea before the high court, Rajput’s sisters said that Rhea, as per contents of FIR, had made “contradictory statements” about the actor’s death. They said Rhea first claimed in her tweet on July 16 that she did not know what drove Sushant to die by suicide and, subsequently, told the Supreme Court that she did not suspect anyone, but later change her statements and accused them of negligence.

The sisters also said that lodging of FIR is contrary to Supreme Court directions given that the suicide case is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Rajput’s sisters also said that no criminality could be attributed to them since the complaint was solely based on medicines prescribed by a doctor, and therefore liable to be struck down in view of past Supreme Court judgement.

The complaint was fraught with material irregularities and discrepancies and there was an inordinate delay of 90 days in lodging the same, the plea said. Medicines were prescribed on June 8, this year, the day Rajput asked Chakraborty to leave his house and complaint was lodged on September 7, Thorat said.

The sisters, pending hearing, also sought interim relief to stay proceedings arising out of FIR and restrain the prosecution from taking any coercive action against them.

Advocate Deepal Thakkar appearing for respondent Rhea sought time as advocate Satish Maneshinde was appearing for another matter and said that the plea can be heard in post lunch session. Thakkar said that the copy of petition was served to Rhea on Monday night and she wanted to file written submissions as response to the plea by Rajput’s sisters.

After hearing submissions, the bench said that that ‘there was no urgency’ as it had not even been one month since the date of registration of FIR and granting time to respondent to file response, posted further hearing to October 13.


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