Actor Rhea Chakraborty’s father Indrajit Chakraborty has condemned the arrest of his son Showik Chakraborty on drug charges in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.
(Mumbai’s Esplanade court had remanded Showik to NCB custody till September 9).
Lieutenant Colonel Chakraborty, a former Army doctor, said, “Congratulations India, you have arrested my son, I’m sure next on the line is my daughter and I don’t know who is next thereafter. You have effectively demolished a middle-class family. But of course, for the sake of justice everything is justified. Jai hind.”
Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the actor’s death, had questioned Lt. Col. Chakraborty.
NDTV had earlier reported that no drugs had been found on Showik but the NCB was investigating the find of 59 grams of ‘curated marijuana’ from two men, Abbas Lakhani and Karan Arora. The investigators believed that these two had close links with people known to Sushant.
The actor’s death case is now a multi-agency affair with the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate, and the NCB probing various angles. Noticeably, the drug angle has been getting media attention with the racket seemingly showing a spread across states.
The NCB sought the custody of Showik for ‘detailed questioning’ as the agency said he had given ‘many names’ with whom he had transactions. The investigators intended to confront him with his sister Rhea, likely to be summoned on Sunday.
Lt. Col. Chakraborty’s letter echoed his daughter Rhea’s statement last month that a ‘witch-hunt’ was on and that she was being falsely implicated in an unfair media trial. She too had sad that a ‘simple, innocent,’ middle-class’ family was being destroyed.
Last week, the Mumbai High Court had asked the media to exercise restraint while reporting the case. A division bench of Justices A.A. Sayed and S.P. Tavade said the media should report in such a manner that it does not hamper the investigation. The court was hearing two petitions which claimed a ‘media trial’ was going on in the case.