Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: The Anti Drugs Agency (NCB), in its draft charges filed in the drugs case related to the murder of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has claimed that Rhea Chakraborty had taken ganja several times from other accused including brother Shovik. And it was given to Rajput. The NCB had filed draft charges against 35 accused in the NDPS court last month, the details of which were made available on Tuesday.
According to the draft charges, all the accused conspired with each other or in a group between March 2020 and December 2020 to distribute, sell and purchase narcotics in “high society and Bollywood”.
Why were the severe sections imposed?
The NCB said that the accused funded drug trafficking within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and had used ganja, charas, cocaine and other narcotics. Therefore, the relevant provisions of the NDPS Act, including Sections 27 and 27A (financing illegal trafficking and harboring criminals), 28 (punishment for attempt to commit offence), 29 (whoever abets, or is involved in criminal conspiracy) against him. Charges have been made under the provisions.
It said, “Accused No. 10 Rhea Chakraborty obtained ganja from accused Samuel Miranda, Shovik, Dipesh Sawant and others and handed it over to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.” and paid for this consignment between September 2020.
‘Shovik was in contact with drug traffickers’
According to the draft allegations, Riya’s brother Shovik was in regular contact with drug traffickers and had obtained it from co-accused after ordering ganja and charas. These substances were given to the Rajput.
Filing of draft charges prepares the ground for framing of charges, after which the trial begins. However, before framing the charges, the court will have to first decide the acquittal plea of the accused.
Special Judge VG Raghuvanshi, who hears cases related to the NDPS Act, has fixed July 27 for hearing the matter. Rhea Chakraborty was arrested in this case in September 2020 and a month later the Bombay High Court granted her bail. The NCB launched an investigation into alleged drug use in the film and television industry following Rajput’s death on June 14, 2020.