Actor Rhea Chakraborty who was arrested on September 8 for allegedly procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput, has been in judicial custody in Mumbai’s Byculla jail since then. Rhea’s remand was to end on September 22, but the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) requested an extension, which was granted, extending Rhea’s judicial custody to October 6.
The bail plea of Rhea Chakraborty will be heard today by the Bombay High Court today. The hearing was supposed to take place yesterday i.e. September 23, but due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai, the court declared a holiday. Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde confirmed yesterday: “Chief Justice has declared a holiday today for Bombay High Court and today’s board will be taken up tomorrow, ie September 24”.
Today, Satish Maneshinde has released a statement which states that the hearing will be taken up on September 24, Thursday. In the bail plea, Rhea has claimed that Sushant used to procure and consume drugs while she is innocent. The actor said that she is innocent and NCB is deliberately trying to raise stringent charges against her and her family.
According to PTI, the bail plea says Rhea has been subjected to a “witch-hunt”. She said she is just 28 years of age, and besides the probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), she has been subjected to three more investigations by police and central agencies, and a “simultaneous media trial”. This has taken a “severe toll on her mental health and well being”. Chakraborty further said in her plea that Rajput had been in the habit of consuming drugs, particularly, “ganja” since even before she got into a relationship with him. “The applicant (Chakraborty) is innocent and has not committed any crime whatsoever,” the plea said.
Rhea Chakraborty has been booked by the NCB on several charges, including financing illicit trafficking of drugs under Section 27-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act.
Her bail plea is scheduled to be heard by a single bench presided over by Justice Sarang Kotwal.