September 29 : While the Bombay High Court will hear Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty’s bail plea today, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) opposed the bail application of Rhea and Showik and filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court stating that the siblings are part of a larger drug syndicate and hence section 27A (punishment for financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders) of NDPS Act is applicable against them.
The NCB affidavit, submitted by NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, stated that the agency has enough evidence to show that Rhea financed trafficking of drugs, “Electronic evidence such as WhatsApp chats, and others have been 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,” a part of the affidavit read.
Responding to Rhea's lawyer Satish Maneshinde's statement that NCB did not have the jurisdiction to investigate the case as it was related to Sushant, Wankhede in the affidavit said, “I have gone through the judgment and I humbly say that the observation is with respect to the death of Sushant and its surrounding circumstances. It is not with respect to the investigation of the present case, which is under NDPS Act. Hence, NCB has jurisdiction to investigate the case.”
The 18-page affidavit filed by the NCB further read, “Even after being aware of the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput consumed drugs, the present applicant harboured him. She also stored drugs in her residence and allowed Sushant to consume it.”
The affidavit further stated that Rhea facilitated drug deliveries and she and her brother are connected with high-profile personalities and drug suppliers and if they were granted bail, it would hamper the investigation.
The agency in its affidavit also stated, “As per the statements of Rhea and Showik, they dealt with drugs on behalf of Sushant and she directly made payments for the drugs delivered to Samuel Miranda, Dipesh Sawant and others. She has accepted that a certain amount was paid in cash and rest through a debit card and Google Pay. Therefore, it is clear that she had actively aided, abetted and financed the other accused for drug transactions in pursuance of a criminal conspiracy. It is clear that the drugs, which were financed, were not meant for personal consumption but for supplying to other people. Therefore section 27A of NDPS Act 1985 is clearly applicable.”
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