Rhea Chakraborty has been accused of involvement in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
New Delhi/ Mumbai:
Actor Rhea Chakraborty was arrested in Mumbai today by the Narcotics Control Bureau after three days of questioning in connection with drugs-related allegations in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. The anti-drugs agency will not seek her custody during an online court hearing later today, say sources; the agency says it has the evidence and information it needs. The court will decide whether to grant her bail.
Wearing black with a “smash the patriarchy” message across her tee, Rhea Chakraborty waved at the cameras as she stepped into a police van to be taken for a medical examination. Many among the reporters had mobbed her and hounded her when she arrived for questioning the first time on Sunday.
The 28-year-old actor, named as an accused in the CBI investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on June 14, had denied using drugs in TV interviews. According to sources, she broke down when confronted with her brother Showik Chakraborty, who was arrested last week.
The Narcotics Control Bureau started its inquiries based on WhatsApp chats retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty’s phone, which revealed alleged conversations around procuring drugs.
Sources said on her second day of questioning yesterday, Rhea Chakraborty made an emotional declaration according to sources, telling the Narcotics Control Bureau – “Whatever I did, I did for Sushant”. Sources said the actor had then denied using drugs but had been evasive on certain questions.
Rhea Chakraborty had told NDTV in an interview in August that she had never did drugs but did try and stop Sushant Singh Rajput. She has also repeatedly said she expressed concern for his mental and physical health.
The Narcotics Control Bureau claims to have evidence linking Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda (Sushant Rajput’s house manager) to the purchase of marijuana.
The bureau claims that Dipesh Sawant, a member of Sushant Singh Rajput’s household staff, collected and delivered a total of 165 grams of marijuana between March and June – on orders from Rhea and Showik Chakraborty. Sawant also told investigators he had seen Sushant Singh Rajput smoke marijuana since September 2018, when he started working for him.
The drugs case is based on 59 grams of curated marijuana seized from two alleged drug peddlers and their alleged links to Sushant Singh Rajput.
Rhea Chakraborty is being investigated by three central agencies over allegations by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family that she exploited the actor for money, mentally harassed him and had a role in his death.