Rhea Chakraborty gets bail in drugs case, no acquittal for Showik

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Rhea Chakraborty
Rhea Chakraborty

New Delhi : Actor Rhea Chakraborty has been granted bail with stringent conditions nearly a month after her arrest over drugs-related charges in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Her brother Showik, however, has been denied any reprieve by the Bombay High Court.

"She will be released today and spend her night after a month in her own bed," Rhea Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Maneshinde said.

Another court had yesterday extended their judicial custody till October 20.

Rhea Chakraborty is not part of a chain of drug dealers and has not forwarded the drugs allegedly procured by her to somebody else to earn monetary other benefits, the High Court said. "Since she has no criminal antecedents, there are reasonable grounds for believing that she is not likely to commit any offence while on bail," the order said.

"Truth and Justice have prevailed and ultimately the submissions on facts and law have been accepted by Justice Sarang V Kotwal," Satish Maneshinde said.

Rhea Chakraborty has been asked to submit ₹ 1 lakh as bond and mark her presence daily at the nearest police station for 10 days after her release. She also has to hand over her passport and cannot travel abroad without the court's permission.

Rhea Chakraborty was arrested on September 8 by the Narcotics Control Bureau on charges of organizing drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput, a popular movie star who was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.

She was accused of being an active member of a drugs syndicate and financing drugs used by Sushant Singh Rajput, her boyfriend.

In her bail petition, Rhea Chakraborty had said that she and her brother were sole targets of a witch-hunt by multiple agencies who had found no evidence incriminating her.

She had alleged that Sushant Singh Rajput took advantage of those closest to him to sustain his drug habit and that she had tried to rid him of it. She also said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and his family abandoned him at the peak of his depression. His mental health deteriorated during the lockdown, she claimed, adding that the deaths of actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor also had a tremendous impact on him.