Rhea and others were arrested by the NCB for allegedly procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput, who died on June 14. The actress is in judicial custody till September 22.
During the statement, Rhea Chakraborty revealed about her involvement in the procurement of drug and financial transactions: NCB
While opposing the bail to Showik, NCB said that if released on bail, he may tamper with the evidence and will also try to win the witness by using her (Rhea) position in the society and money power. In its response to Rhea’s bail application, the NCB had said, “During the statement, present accused Rhea Chakraborty revealed about her involvement in the procurement of drug and financial transactions and also her instructions to Samuel Miranda, Dipesh Sawant and applicant Showik Chakraborty in this regard. Therefore, it is clear from the statement that the applicant is an active member of a drug syndicate connected with drug supplies.”
She isn’t a part of any drug syndicate: Advocate Satish Maneshinde, Rhea’s lawyer
In her bail plea, Rhea had claimed that she was falsely implicated in the case and that the NCB officials had coerced her into making self-incriminating statements. Advocate Satish Maneshinde, who is representing Rhea and Showik, told BT, “The next step is to move Bombay High Court, and we are preparing for it. First, it’s a small quantity, and secondly, she isn’t a part of any drug syndicate. The person who was caught and was in connect with another person caught with commercial quantity, the department asked for his bail. They say that she was financing narcotics drugs trade and was involved in drug trafficking, whereas, it has been alleged that she had spent only `12,000 for a transaction, according to them. So, how can it amount to financing or trafficking? `12,000 at worst can be taken as purchase of a small quantity. Their own case is that one gram costs `5,000. Bud is a more refined form of ganja. So, how can it be of commercial quantity, illicit trade or harbouring? Charges against her are a ploy to keep her in custody. All accused have retracted their statements. Besides, the NCB itself says that she never consumed drugs. Showik and her drug tests have been done. Both were found with no drugs. There’s nothing to incriminate Rhea and Showik.”
— With inputs from Neha.Maheshwri@timesgroup.com