Actress Rhea Chakraborty gets bail in drugs case, bail plea of brother rejected

October 7, 2020: In a recent development, actress Rhea Chakraborty has been granted bail by the Bombay High Court.

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October 7, 2020: In a recent development, actress Rhea Chakraborty has been granted bail by the Bombay High Court.

She is set to walk out of prison 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.

On the other hand Sushant Singh Rajput's employees Dipesh Sawant and Samuel Miranda have also been granted bail.

Justice Sarang V Kotwal pronounced the order today. Reacting to the same, Rhea’s lawyer Satish Manshinde shared in a statement, “We are Delighted by the Order of the Hon'ble Bombay High Court granting bail to Rhea Chakraborty. Truth and Justice have prevailed and ultimately the submissions on facts and law have been accepted by Justice Sarang V Kotwal.”

"The arrest and custody of Rhea was totally unwarranted and beyond the reach of law. The hounding and witch-hunt by three central agencies, the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau should come to an end. We remain committed to truth. Satyameva Jayate," Mr Maneshinde said.

It may be added that the HC ordered Rhea Chakraborty to mark her presence for 10 days in police station after release, deposit her passport, not travel abroad without court permission and inform investigating officer if she has to leave Greater Mumbai.

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 in the case.

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.

Sushant Singh was "extremely happy after being offered ₹ 14 crore for a movie", Rhea Chakraborty's bail plea said, alleging that the actor was disturbed over a rift with his family, especially his father.

Rhea Chakraborty also argued that the charges against her were too severe compared to the quantity of the drugs involved. She accused the drugs probe agency of spinning a false narrative that she was involved in illegal drugs trafficking and "harboured offenders".

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