Actor Rhea Chakraborty was granted bail on Wednesday by the Bombay High Court after nearly a month in jail over drugs-related charges in Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case. Her brother Showik, however, will continue to remain in custody. Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda and cook Dipesh Sawant were also granted bail. Earlier on Tuesday, a special court had extended the siblings’ custody till October 20.
In her bail plea, the actor had alleged that in a bid to procure drugs, Rajput took advantage of those close to him. Her petition further stated that she and her brother Showik were targets in a witch-hunt. Rhea Chakraborty was taken into custody by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 8 on charges of procuring drugs for her erstwhile boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. She was accused of being an active member of a drug syndicate.
She said that Rajput was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was abandoned by his family during the peak of his mental health issues, which had worsened during the coronavirus lockdown. The deaths of actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor had also affected the actor’s mental state, Chakraborty said. Her plea said the charges levelled against her for procuring drugs were too severe compared to the quantity of drugs involved. Accusing the NCB of building a false narrative, she denied the charges of drug trafficking.
Expressing his happiness at the Bombay High Court order, her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said truth has finally prevailed. He said that submissions on facts and law were accepted by Justice Sarang V Kotwal. He added that the witch-hunt being done by three premier agencies of India — the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the NCB should now end against his client.
In other news, Rajput’s family is likely to approach the CBI director and urge him to form a new forensic panel for medico-legal opinion.