Rhea Chakraborty released from Byculla jail nearly a month after arrest

The Bombay High Court ruled that she was not part of a chain of drug dealers

Rhea Chakraborty, who had already been chased severely by the media in the past, left Byculla jail in a car with the windows covered by newspapers. Photo: Twitter

After spending 28 days in prison, actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested in a drugs case related to her ex-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, was released on bail on Wednesday (October 7).

The Bombay High Court ruled that she was not part of a chain of drug dealers. The order also noted that the CBI’s investigation had found that Sushant Singh Rajput used to procure drugs and many others had helped him. “Since she has no criminal antecedents, there are reasonable grounds for believing that she is not likely to commit any offence while on bail,” the order said, according to NDTV.

The High Court also noted, “Simply providing money for a particular transaction or other transactions will not be financing of that activity,” according to NDTV. It further said allegations of spending money in procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput “do not mean that she had financed illicit traffic.”

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The court went on to say that Chakraborty’s charges did not involve commercial quantity of drugs.

Among the conditions set for bail, Rhea Chakraborty has to submit ₹1 lakh as bond and mark her presence daily at the nearest police station for 10 days after her release. She also has to hand over her passport and cannot travel abroad without the High Court’s permission.

Rhea stepped out of the Byculla prison in Mumbai around 5.30 pm amid heavy police deployment. A police vehicle escorted her car since a large number of media persons had gathered outside the prison.

The actor, who had already been chased severely by the media in the past, left in a car with the windows covered with newspapers.

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NDTV quoted Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde as saying that Rhea Chakraborty will “spend her night after a month in her own bed”.

Earlier in the day, the Bombay High Court granted her bail but rejected her brother Showik Chakraborty’s bail plea.

Rhea was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 9. The NCB has accused her of procuring drugs for Rajput.

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