‘Rhea Chakraborty procured medication in ‘small portions’ for Sushant Singh Rajput’; actor in bail plea

Mumbai, September 23

Actress Rhea Chakraborty, arrested in a medicine case associated to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying, has mentioned in her bail plea filed within the Bombay High Court that she is harmless and NCB is “deliberately” attempting to invoke stringent costs towards her and her household.

She additionally mentioned that she has been subjected to a “witch-hunt”.

In her bail software filed within the HC on Tuesday, Chakraborty mentioned she is simply 28 years of age, and moreover the probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), she has been subjected to 3 extra investigations by police and central businesses, and a “simultaneous media trial”.

These probes confer with those performed into Rajput’s dying by the Mumbai Police, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Chakraborty mentioned all of this has taken a “severe toll on her mental health and well being”.

Any additional custody will worsen her psychological well being, she mentioned in her plea filed via her counsel Satish Maneshinde.

Her bail plea was scheduled to be heard by a single bench presided over by Justice Sarang Kotwal on Wednesday.

However, for the reason that High Court suspended the day’s hearings owing to heavy rains within the metropolis, the plea is prone to be heard on Thursday.

Chakraborty additional mentioned in her plea that Rajput had been within the behavior of consuming medication, notably, “ganja” since even earlier than she obtained right into a relationship with him.

While she would generally procure medication for him in “small quantities”, and would additionally “occasionally pay for them herself,” she was under no circumstances part of any drug syndicate.

She additionally mentioned Rajput was the one one who was consuming the mentioned medication.

“The applicant (Chakraborty) is innocent and has not committed any crime whatsoever,” the plea mentioned.

She additionally mentioned in her plea that she has been subjected to a “witch-hunt,” and after the CBI and the ED failed to assemble any proof towards her, the NCB was “brought in to somehow implicate her and her family”.

Chakraborty has been booked by the NCB on a number of costs, together with financing illicit trafficking of medication beneath Section 27-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act.

Section-27 A brings alongside a bar on the grant of bail to an accused.

The actor mentioned she has been wrongly booked beneath the NDPS Act Section 27-A.

Besides, since no medication have been seized from her possession and for the reason that NCB has managed to grab solely 59 grams of medication from all accused individuals, the bar on the grant of bail can’t be utilized to her, she mentioned within the plea.

The actress mentioned a bar on the grant of bail can come into play provided that the medication seized are in business portions.

Last week, an analogous argument was made by legal professionals of Samuel Miranda and Dipesh Sawant, co-accused within the case, earlier than a bench of Justice Kotwal.

Justice Kotwal had then identified {that a} plain studying of the NDPS Act confirmed Section 27-A may very well be imposed no matter the quantum of medication recovered by the NCB.

He had, nonetheless, directed Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who represents the NCB within the excessive court docket, to make clear the identical on September 29, the subsequent date of listening to on the bail pleas of Miranda and others.

Chakraborty mentioned some others accused within the case had confronted an identical allegations, however that they had not been booked beneath the stringent Section 27-A.

She additionally mentioned that at finest, she might be accused of getting procured medication in small quantities for her boyfriend.

However, she was attempting her finest to wean Rajput off his behavior of consuming medication, the actress mentioned.

Besides, if Rajput was alive as we speak, he would have been charged merely for the consumption of medication and would have invited a most sentence of only one 12 months, whereas she has been charged beneath sections imposing a most sentence of as much as 20 years, Chakraborty mentioned within the plea.

On an analogous argument final week on the opposite pleas, Justice Kotwal identified that the NDPS Act adopts an “empathetic approach” in the direction of the drug addict with a view in the direction of his rehabilitation.

However, it goals at ending all illicit trafficking of medication and due to this fact, carries stringent punishment for these concerned in procurement, financing and manufacturing of medication.

Earlier this month, a particular NDPS court docket within the metropolis rejected the bail pleas of the actress and her brother Showik Chakraborty, saying if set free on bail, they could tamper with the proof.

The actress is at present lodged within the Byculla ladies’s jail within the metropolis.

Rajput (34) was discovered hanging in his house in suburban Bandra on June 14. PTI

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