Rhea Chakraborty has been granted bail by the Bombay High Court with a one lakh bail bond report by India Today while her brother is to remain in jail. The former girlfriend of Sushant Singh Rajput is to appear at the nearest police station for 10 days after she has been released. She will not be allowed to travel internationally.
It has been just over a month that the actor has spent her time in a Mumbai jail after her arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Her part in the alleged drug link is related to her late boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Rhea Chakraborty also alleges in her bail plea that her late partner Sushant Singh Rajput “took advantage of those closest to him to sustain his drug habit”.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s staff members Samuel Miranda and Dipesh Sawant have also been granted bail by the High Court. The bail of another person arrested in the case, Abdul Basit, has been rejected. On 29 September, the Bombay High Court had reserved its order on the bail pleas of Rhea and Showik, which they had filed on 22 September.
Narcotics Control Bureau Opposes Bail Plea
Opposing Rhea and Showik’s bail pleas, the NCB had said in its affidavit filed some time back that the applicants had ‘abetted and financed’ drug transactions and therefore Section 27A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, which provides punishment for financing drug trafficking and harbouring offenders, was applicable in the case.
The affidavit also stated that there was sufficient evidence to prove that Rhea is part of ‘drug trafficking’.
“It is clear from the statements and electronic evidence gathered by NCB that applicant is an active member of the drug syndicate connected with high society personalities and drug suppliers. There is sufficient evidence that she is involved in drug trafficking. The applicant used to facilitate drug deliveries and payment through credit cards/cash/payment gateways for the contraband”, the affidavit stated.
Rhea’s Allegations in Her Bail Plea
Chakraborty claims that her former boyfriend, Sushant Singh Rajput was the “only consumer of drugs and that he was directing his staff members to procure his drugs”. Chakraborty also alleges that “if the late actor were alive today, he would have been charged for the consumption of small quantities, which is a bailable offence having punishment of a term of imprisonment upto one year.”
Chakraborty also lashes out at the laws of India in terms of banned substance abuse saying it is “preposterous” that while the “consumer of drugs” would receive a maximum punishment of up to one year jail, she having paid for Sushants drugs on a few occasions, would be expected to serve 20 years jail time.
Her bail petition goes on to say that Sushant Singh Rajput, “used her, her brother Showik and members of his household staff to facilitate his own drug habit while ensuring that he did not leave a paper trail of his own in the form of any electronic evidence whatsoever”.
“It is unfortunate that Sushant Singh Rajput took advantage of those closest to him to sustain his drug habit and thought it fit to expose them to the perils that would entail”, Rhea states in her petition.
She also claims that based on information in the public domain, Sushant Singh Rajput had asked his cook, Neeraj, “to make ganja joints/rolls/doobies and place them in his bedroom” three days before his death on 14 June. Rhea says that Neeraj had told the CBI and Mumbai Police that he had prepared the joints and placed them in a box in his bedroom and “thereafter when the actor was found dead, he verified from the box that all the joints/doobies had been consumed and the entire box was empty”.
“Therefore it is clear from the evidence collected by investigative agencies that it was only late Sushant Singh Rajput who was the consumer of drugs and who was in the habit of using those around him to facilitate his drug habit,” Rhea Chakraborty’s bail plea states.
She also says in over 40 page petition that Sushant Singh Rajput’s ties with his family were strained and alleges that his sisters left him at the “peak of his depression”.
On 6 October, a special NDPS court had extended the judicial custody of Rhea till 20 October. Rhea and Showik were arrested by the NCB on charges of consumption and procurement of drugs.