Rhea Chakraborty bail plea rejected by special NDPS court

MUMBAI: A special NDPS court today rejected the bail pleas of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik in the case being probed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The court also rejected the bail pleas of Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager, Samuel Miranda and cook Dipesh Sawant and drug peddlers, Basit Parihar and Zaid Vilatra.

On Wednesday Rhea (28) had moved the court seeking bail and also retracted her statement made to the NCB saying she was `coerced’ into making self incriminating confessions.

Rhea will now move the Bombay high court.

She was arrested by the NCB on Tuesday for allegedly arranging and financing consumption of marijuana by her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. A magistrate court had rejected her plea after which she moved the special NDPS court.

In her bail plea submitted and argued by advocate Satish Maneshinde, Rhea said that while in custody she was coerced into making self-incriminating confessions which she had formally retracted.

“Once we get a copy of the court order, we will decide next week on the course of action about approaching the High Court,” Maneshinde said.

However, “strongly opposing” her bail plea, the NCB claimed that she was clearly involved in financing activities related to illicit trafficking of drugs and this is supported by the voluntary statements made by her and other accused, sufficient WhatsApp chat records, call detail records and information recovered from laptops and tablets.

“The applicant (Rhea) was having conscious knowledge about drug consumption by Sushant Singh Rajput and she made herself part of this offence by procuring drugs. She has used her credit card and payment getaways to facilitate the financial transactions related to dealing of illicit drug trafficking,” special public prosecutor Atul Sarpande had said before a special NDPS court on Thursday.