Actress Rhea Chakrobarty was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, at about 4PM by the NCB in the drug case related to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. She has been sent into a 14 days judicial custody and will have to remain in the NCB custody up till 22nd September. Rhea’s brother Showik, Sushant’s help Deepesh Sawant and house manager Samuel Miranda have also been arrested for the same.
It was after three days of continuous questioning that she was finally arrested on Tuesday. According to sources, Rhea has revealed that she was involved in purchasing drugs for Sushant, but still claims that she never consumed any drugs herself. She had also provided the same information in an interview with a news channel, saying that it was Sushant who wanted to try alternative therapy and it was for him that she purchased the drugs. The drugs included are marijuana and cannabis.
Rhea’s lawyer had applied for her bail on Tuesday night after the hearing, but she was denied bail. She can now appeal in the High Court for the same. Her lawyer has been very vocal about her arrest, which he called a ‘travesty to justice’. “Three Central Agencies hounding a single woman, just because she was in love with a drug addict and was suffering from mental health issues for several years under the care of 5 leading psychiatrists in Mumbai , who ended up committing suicide due to consumption of Illegally administered medicines and used drugs” Manshinde said in a statement.
Rhea “is an active member of the drug syndicate connected with drug supplies”, said the Narcotics Control Bureau said in their court documents. The documents submitted also Rhea Chakraborty “procured drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput and used to manage finance for drug procurement with him”.
“Actor Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai,” KPS Malhotra, Deputy Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau, said. This was the official confirmation of her arrest on 8th September. “We have evidence against Rhea, which is why we arrested her. There is no need for custody,” added Mutha Ashok Jain, a senior official of the Narcotics Control Bureau. The NCB has admitted that they have found no drugs on Rhea.
After the arrest, Rhea was taken to Sion Hospital in Mumbai for medical tests. After these procedure, there was a virtual court hearing in which it was decided that Rhea would have to stay in judicial custody for 14 days. The court proceedings went on till late in the night and it was at the end decided that Rhea would not be granted bail.
During her three day probe, Rhea had maintained the stance that she did not consume any drugs and that whatever she did, she did for Sushant. She had, reportedly, broken down after seeing her brother Showik, and revealed that she had purchased drugs for him. Rhea can face up to 10 years in jail based on the charges levied on her.
It was only a few days ago that Rhea had filed a case against Sushant’s sister, Priyanka for giving her brother medicines and also against the doctor who prescribed these medicines, without even meeting him. The FIR launched with the Mumbai Police has now been transferred to the CBI. The CBI, ED, and NCB have all been involved in the case for quite some time now. Handing over the FIR to the CBI can prove to be beneficial in the whole process. Rhea had also, reportedly, given the NCB names of other Bollywood celebrities involved with drugs, which the NCB are looking into.
No further news regarding Rhea’s bail has been released yet.