High Court to pronounce decision on Rhea Chakraborty's bail plea today

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Rhea Chakraborty [Image: Indian Express]
Rhea Chakraborty [Image: Indian Express]

New Delhi : The Bombay high court is all set to pronounce its orders in bail pleas filed by actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and three others arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a case allegedly linked to a ‘drug angle’ into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death on June 14.

However, a special court under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act extended her judicial custody till October 20.

Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said was Sushant’s girlfriend till June 8 when on being asked by him she left the Bandra house where he was found hanging six days later, cannot be booked for serious non-bailable sections merely on allegations that the late actor used her and his other friends and staff to procure him small quantity for his personal consumption. He said there was not only no drug recovery, the entire basis of the case is questionable as it relies on old chat messages which establish nothing whatsoever.

The NCB arrested Rhea on September 8 and termed her an active member of a drug syndicate and that it wants to bust the drug citadel in Mumbai. The NCB invoked section 27A of the NDPS Act against Rhea and Showik alleging that the siblings financed the drug procurement and that Showik revealed that he facilitated its delivery to Sushant, 34.

Maneshinde in extensive submissions for bail had argued that even when NCB produced her for remand on the first day it did not seek her custody and she has retracted her statement on September 8 itself.

Meanwhile, according to one of Rhea Chakraborty's neighbour, one witness saw Sushant and Rhea on the evening of June 13th when "Sushant dropped her off around 6-6:30 pm." and "Sushant was driving alone and there was no driver."