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Rhea and co.'s bail application rejected

By Anwesha Padhi

The bail application filed by Rhea Chakraborty and five others arrested for compliance in the alleged drug angle to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death has been rejected.

The plea was heard in a special court constituted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The rejected application was filed to bail out Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty, Mr. Rajput's manager, Samuel Miranda, house help Dipesh Sawant, Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar.

Ms. Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Manashinde argued that the allegations against her were about purchasing a small quantity of the drug, which is essentially a bailable offence. No evidence has been found yet to support the claim that the defendant was "financing any illicit traffic or harbouring any offender". The defence also raised questions about the bail granted to Kaizan Ebrahim, who was also arrested for identical charges as Ms. Chakraborty and her brother.

The special public prosecutor for NCB, Atul Sarpande, countered the argument by saying that all the persons arrested are connected. As such, their offence cannot be viewed in isolation. As far as Mr. Ebrahim is concerned, the prosecution said that the NCB will move the court to cancel his bail on Friday. The agency has said that the collective quantity of drugs found with all the accused, amounted to a commercial quantity, which in itself is a non-bailable offence.

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