Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 8 on the charges of procuring drugs has been granted bail. The court in its verdict today ruled over NCB's accusation that Rhea is an “active member of a drug syndicate” and declared that she was not a part of any drug dealing racket.
These are the important things you need to know about the judge's bail verdict
- The court thrashed the allegation of "financing" or "harboring" against Rhea Chakraborty as envisaged under Section 27A of the NDPS Act. (law on financing drugs, directly or indirectly).
- No commercial amount of drugs has been recovered either from Rhea Chakraborty or from the house of Sushant Singh Rajput. There is no evidence to show that (Rhea) had committed any offense involving the commercial quantity of contraband.
- The judge found no reasonable grounds for believing that the Applicant is guilty of any offense punishable under Sections 19, 24 or 27A or any other offense involving commercial quantity.
- Rhea has not forwarded the drugs allegedly procured by her to earn money or other benefits. She is not a part of the chain of drug dealers. As there are no other criminal antecedents against her therefore there are reasonable grounds for believing that she probably won't commit any crime while on bail.
- The court rejects the argument that celebrities and role models should be treated harshly to set an example. Everyone is equal before the law.
- There is no ground for believing that Rhea Chakraborty can alert other witnesses or destroy evidence.
Rhea's judicial custody was extended by the Special NDPS Court on Tuesday till October 20. Rhea's brother Showik too got an extension. His bail appeal has been denied by the Bombay High Court.