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Published On: Tue, Sep 8th, 2020

Rhea Chakraborty Denied Bail in Drugs Case, Gets Jail Till 22 Sept

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thequint_2020-09_7ffd3403-a750-46b3-b28d-68a780e20e9b_08091_pti08_09_2020_000112b (1)MUMBAI: A court in Mumbai on Tuesday, 8 September rejected Rhea Chakraborty’s bail plea in the drugs case and remanded her in judicial custody till 22 September, PTI reported.
“She has been sent to jail upto 22nd of this month. Her bail application has been rejected. She will stay here (in NCB office) today and will go to the jail tomorrow morning,” Special public prosecutor Atul Sarpande told the media after the hearing, as quoted by ANI.
Rhea has been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act for her alleged role in the drugs angle that has emerged during investigation into the June 14 death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Reacting to the development, Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed the arrest a “travesty of justice” in a scathing statement targeting the family of Sushant.
“Three central agencies hounding a single woman  just because she was in love with a drug addict, suffering from mental health issues for several years under the care of five leading psychiatrists in Mumbai, who ended up committing suicide due to consumption of illegally administered medicines and used drugs,” Maneshinde said.
The Narcotics Control Bureau had demanded a 14-day judicial custody for Rhea for allegedly procuring drugs for late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Her much-anticipated arrest came a day after Rhea took time out — at the height of the NCB interrogation sessions to hit back at the late actor’s family by lodging a police complaint against Sushant’s sister Priyanka Singh and Dr Tarun Kumar of RML Hospital in New Delhi and others, alleging forged medical prescriptions.
The NCB based Rhea’s arrest on the testimonies of her brother Showik Chakraborty, Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda and local help Dipesh Sawant, and revealed their roles in the procurement of drugs. According to NCB, Miranda also revealed that drugs used to be procured on the directions of both Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty.

The NCB said that Rhea acknowledged her involvement in procurement of drugs and its financial transactions and her coordination with Miranda, Sawant and brother Showik.

The demand for the judicial custody comes the day NCB arrested Rhea under sections 27 A, 21,22, 29 and 28 of the NDPS Act. She was produced before a magistrate via video conferencing by 7.30 pm on Tuesday.
Mutha Ashok Jain, Deputy DG, South-Western Region, NCB, told reporters that whatever Rhea said was sufficient for her arrest.
“Rhea was sent for a routine medical check-up. She tested negative for COVID-19. Whatever she told was sufficient for the arrest. We have arrested her, it means we had enough,” Jain said adding, “We did not recover any contraband”.
(With Agency Inputs).

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