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Rhea Chakraborty Remains Behind Bars NCB Drug Probe

On Friday, 11 September the bail applications of Rhea Chakraborty, Abdul Basit Parihar, Showik Chakraborty, Dipesh Sawant, Zaid Vilatra and Samuel Miranda were denied by a special court in Mumbai. The actor’s lawyer had on 9 September filed for a bail application before the Sessions Court in Mumbai. Her defence statement cites that she is being framed in the NCB probe. Chakraborty was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau and had been taken into custody on charges of drug procurement and consumption. She has been charged under sections 27 A, 21,22, 29 and 28 of the NDPS Act. The drug probe case against Chakraborty was based on alleged conversations discovered on her phone by the Enforcement Directorate that is probing money laundering allegations made by the Rajput family.

On handing bail judgement, Special judge G B Gurao, designated under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, ruled that bail could not be granted to the accused at this stage.

While applying Section 27 A in the case, which pertains to financing illicit traffic and provides for a minimum punishment of 10 years, the NCB has described Rhea allegedly procuring drugs for her boyfriend Sushant through Showik, Miranda and Sawant, as a “drug procurement nexus”.

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In court documents, the NCB stated that Rhea arrest comes in light of the recent drug probe into Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death by suicide. They further add she is “an active member of the drug syndicate connected with drug supplies” and knew of “every delivery and payment”. According to reports by Live Law, the actor alleges her interrogation on 6, 7 and 8 September by NCB investigators is invalid. She also claims that she was coerced into making certain confessions relating to the probe and that there wasn’t a single lady officer present during the questioning.

Rhea is currently being held at the Byculla women’s jail and stated that she has been subjected to investigation by three agencies, along with a “substantial media trial”, which has impacted her mental health severely.

Responding to the bail verdict, Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said, “Once we get a copy of the NDPS Special Court Order, we will decide next week on the course of action about approaching the high court”.

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