Actor Rhea Chakraborty left Mumbai’s Byculla prison this evening after being granted bail by the Bombay High Court, 28 days after her arrest on drugs-related charges in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Her brother Showik has been denied bail.
The actor, hounded by the media in the past, left in a car with its windows covered with newspapers. It drove through a huge crowd of reporters, cameramen, policemen and others gathered outside the jail. The Mumbai Police had warned the media against “chasing celebrities and others” and “endangering lives” shortly after the actor’s bail.
Rhea Chakraborty will “spend her night after a month in her own bed,” Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said.
Rhea Chakraborty and her brother were among 15 people arrested in early September over allegations of arranging drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput, a 34-year-old movie star who was found dead in his Mumbai home on June 14.
While granting bail to Rhea Chakraborty, the Bombay High Court all but demolished the Narcotics Control Bureau’s case against the 28-year-old actor, who was accused of being “an active member of a drug syndicate”. The High Court said she was not a part of a chain of drug dealers.
The order also noted that the investigation had found Sushant Singh Rajput used to procure drugs and many others helped him.
“Since she has no criminal antecedents, there are reasonable grounds for believing that she is not likely to commit any offence while on bail,” the order said.
Rhea Chakraborty is accused of buying drugs for her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. The High Court said “simply providing money for a particular transaction or other transactions will not be financing of that activity” and allegations of spending money in procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput “do not mean that she had financed illicit traffic.” The court also noted that the actor’s charges did not involve commercial quantity of drugs.