The bail requests of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik will be heard on Thursday (September 24) by the Bombay High Court. It was postponed by a day following heavy rain in Mumbai.
Rhea in her second request for bail after spending two weeks in a Mumbai jail has alleged witch-hunt by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at the behest of three Central agencies specializing in “investigations of international ramifications,” but finding no evidence against her.
She also alleges that Sushant Singh Rajput “took advantage of those closest to him to sustain his drug habit”.
Rhea was arrested on September 9 on drug charges linked to the investigation into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, her boyfriend, on June 14. She was described by the NCB as “an active member of a drug syndicate”. Her judicial custody was extended to October 6.
In her bail plea, Rhea Chakraborty says it is clear that “Sushant Singh Rajput was the only consumer of drugs and that he was directing his staff members to procure his drugs”. She also says “if the late actor were alive today, he would have been charged for the consumption of small quantities, which is a bailable offence.”
It is “preposterous”, she said, that while the “consumer of drugs” would receive a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail, she would, having paid for the drugs on a few occasions, would be subjected to up to 20 years in jail.
Sushant Singh Rajput, says Rhea, “used her, her brother Showik and members of his household staff to facilitate his own drug habit while ensuring that he did not leave a paper trail of his own in the form of any electronic evidence whatsoever”.
She also said: “It is unfortunate that Sushant Singh Rajput took advantage of those closest to him to sustain his drug habit and thought it fit to expose them to the perils that would entail”.
She says that based on information in the public domain, Sushant Singh Rajput had asked his cook, Neeraj, “to make ganja joints/rolls/doobies and place them in his bedroom” three days before his death.