On Tuesday, Actress Rhea Chakraborty’s judicial custody extended till October 6 by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) under the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
However, Brother Showik Chakraborty has moved bail applications before the Bombay High Court on Wednesday. Their bail pleas were rejected by the special NDPS court on September 11. Before this, she was remanded to 14-day judicial custody.
According to news agency ANI, Chakraborty and Showik moved bail applications in the Bombay High Court in connection with the drug case related to Rajput’s death. Her lawyer Satish Manshinde said the matter will come up for hearing on Wednesday and the details of the application will be shared after the hearing, ANI added.
Notably, Rhea Chakraborty has been charged under Section 8(c) (produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import); 20(b)(ii) (punishment for contravention in relation to the cannabis plant and cannabis where such contravention relates to small quantity, involves quantity lesser than commercial quantity but greater than small quantity, involves commercial quantity); 22 (punishment for contravention in relation to psychotropic substances); 27A (punishment for financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders); 28 (punishment for attempts to commit offences); and 29 (punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy) of the NDPS act.
Three other accused -Sawant, Miranda and Parihar have already filed their bail pleas before the high court. Bombay High Court had last week adjourned the hearings on the bail pleas of three accused to September 29.
Meanwhile, the special court will also hear an application filed by the NCB on Wednesday to record the statement of Showik and Sushant’s cook Dipesh Sawant. The NCB had said that the agency wanted to take further statements of the two in light of facts revealed in the probe since their arrest. Both Showik and Sawant are in judicial custody at Taloja Central Jail and the NCB will need the court’s nod to gain access to them.
Moreover, According to prima facie allegations, Rhea had said in her plea that she had bought drugs for her boyfriend Rajput.She said this did not amount to being part of a nexus to invoke Section 27A of the NDPS Act, which pertains to financing illicit traffic and is a non-bailable offence.
However, the Special court had said under the section no particular quantity of drug is required to prove the offence.
The special NDPS court had also rejected the bail plea of alleged drug peddler Abdul Basit Parihar, Zaid Vilatra, Rajput’s personal staff Sawant and Rhea’s associate Miranda, who were also arrested by NCB in the case.