The bail requests of actor Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik are being heard by the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. Five more accused, including Sushant Singh Rajput’s employees, have also pleaded for bail.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) opposed the bail application of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik on Monday by filing affidavits at the Mumbai high court stating that there is enough to establish Rhea’s link to trafficking of drugs. The NCB affidavits submitted by Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, it has been mentioned that the evidence shows that Rhea financed trafficking of drugs, “Electronic evidence such as WhatsApp chats, records were retrieved from mobile, laptop and hard-disk and it indicated payment made for the drugs. Thus, there is ample evidence to show present applicant (Rhea Chakraborty) has not only regularly dealt with but also financed illicit trafficking of drugs.”
The agency had booked the siblings under the stringent section 27A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, it said in the affidavit.
The NCB also informed the court that Rhea ‘harboured’ and ‘concealed’ fact that Sushant Singh Rajput consumed drugs, despite being fully aware of it. “It is further submitted that if overall scenario is seen, then the present applicant (Rhea) being aware of the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput being someone who is engaged in consumption has harboured him and concealed him whilst he was engaged in consuming the drugs. This would amount to harbouring. The present applicant also allowed her residence for drug storage and consumption for Sushant Singh Rajput.”
In the bail hearing last week, Rhea Chakraborty had challenged the jurisdiction of NCB by citing the Supreme Court mandate of allowing CBI take over the probe in all aspects of the case. The actor have alleged in her plea that she’s being targeted by the anti-drugs agency without any evidence to incarcerate her.
The NCB responded that it has the right to investigate the drugs case which has links in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
It also informed that Rhea Chakraborty and her brother have used credit cards, cash and other payment gateways to facilitate drug deliveries.
If the siblings are released on bail, they could impede the investigation that is currently in a “crucial stage”, the NCB added.
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