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Rhea Chakraborty, others’ judicial custody extended till Oct. 20

Sushant Singh Rajput Case

The judicial custody of actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty, and 18 others have been extended till October 20. Their judicial custody was supposed to end on Tuesday, after being arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), in connection with its probe into the drug angle to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

Their bail pleas before the Bombay High Court have been heard, and a single bench has reserved its order.

The NCB arrested Rhea and her brother after their incriminating WhatsApp chats swerved towards a drug link during Rajput’s untimely death investigation. Chakraborty was grilled for three days on September 6, 7, 8 and then taken into custody by the NCB. She has been accused of being “involved in illicit trafficking of drugs and she financed drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput.”

There are similar allegations against her brother Showik Chakraborty and stringent conditions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 were slapped against the two.

Even earlier the brother-sister duo had submitted bail applications but were turned down by a special NDPS court on September 11, 2020. After this, they moved the Bombay high court for bail and refuted the allegation of “financing” narcotic drugs for the consumption of the late actor.

Her advocate Satish Maneshinde argued the case before the Bombay high court, saying that Rajput was in no dearth of funds. His house manager Samuel Miranda used to take care of “all” household expenses, and hence there was no question of Rhea financing drug purchases for the deceased actor.

Responding to NCB’s accusation that Chakraborty was part of a drug syndicate, Maneshinde said the allegations were merely on the basis of a solitary stray incident of March 17, 2020. She gave her credit card to Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda, who withdrew Rs 10,000 using the card and bought some contraband material for the SSR. 

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