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NDPS Court will decide Rhea’s bail plea on Friday

Mumbai: A special NDPS court here on Thursday reserved its order on the bail plea of Hindi cinema actor Rhea Chakraborty who was booked by the Narcotics Control Bureau(NCB) in an NDPS case.
The court will pronounce its order on September 11, Friday.
Special Judge G N Gurav perused the 16 pages confessional statement of Rhea, which was later retracted by her. The court also went through the papers related to three-day investigation conducted by the NCB with Rhea.
Presently lodged at the Byculla Women Jail, Rhea has challenged the local magistrate court order which had rejected her bail plea while remanding her into judicial custody for 14 days.
Defence Advocate Satish Maneshinde argued that his client Rhea fears for her life in jail as she has been receiving rape and death threats over the past months.
Also, at the time of her arrest she was not found in possession of any drug or related substance while allegations of the NCB pertain to small quantities of drugs which are bailable offences, he asserted.
The Court was told that the Section 27A of the NDPS Act, which pertains to financing of illicit traffic of drugs and harbouring of offenders, has been applied on her and her brother Showik even as the section was not applied to their co-accused who had faced similar allegations.
Some of her co-accused, even those from whom a total of 59 grams of drugs were seized, have been granted bail, Maneshinde pointed out.
It was argued that as per allegations, Rhea had only coordinated to procure drugs for her late boyfriend and sometimes made payments for them and that based on these allegations, the agency has termed her “an active member of the drug syndicate”.
He pointed out that the case is silent on the amount of financing or quantum of drugs procured. He also said that there is no allegation of her procuring drugs outside the duration of her relationship with the late actor and that the NCB has not shown any connection between her and drug peddlers or suppliers.
Rhea was coerced into making self-incriminatory confessions which she has already retracted, the court was informed.
It also pointed out that she had been interrogated at a stretch of eight hours by multiple male officers and lady officers were not present as mandated by law.
Opposing the plea, Public Prosecutor Atul Sarpande said that Rhea’s release on bail may hamper the ongoing probe.
He also submitted that prosecution is strongly opposing the bail plea of Rhea and Showik on the grounds that few more people are yet to be arrested.
Chakraborty was arrested on September 8 by the NCB under Narcotics act for allegedly procuring drugs for her late boyfriend-actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

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