28
Wednesday
October 2020
10:08 PM IST
News Headlines
AC Milan's perfect start ends with 3-3 draw with Roma        Feels surreal, says Varun Chakravarthy on his surprise India call-up        Rohit unlikely as Mumbai and RCB aim to secure play-off berth        Vistara to start flights to Bangladesh from Nov 5 under air bubble pact        Sharing best practices, knowledge among SCO members to help startups: Goyal        Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible defence        President Donald Trump ahead of Joe Biden by 5 points in Texas: Poll        Pak to strengthen ties with Afghanistan: PM Imran        Loan moratorium: Lenders to credit interest on interest' to borrowers by Nov 5, Centre tells SC        Man attacks TV actress with knife in Mumbai        Polls open in first phase of Bihar elections        After over 3 months, less than 40k COVID cases reported in single day across country: Govt data        India, US ink defence pact; Pompeo says US stands with India, mentions killing of Indian soldiers        'Dynastic corruption' growing challenge for the country: PM Narendra Modi        Former Union Min Dilip Ray gets three-yr jail in coal scam case        Bihar assembly election Campaign ends for first phase        Kerala CM writes to counterparts in Maha, TN        COVID 19: Kerala registers 7,101 recoveries, 20 deaths        Govt announces financial package for rejuvenation of KSRTC        COVID-19 vaccination to begin in Venezuela Around April - President Maduro        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Kerala News
Rhea Chakraborty gets bail, comes out of prison after 28 days
 
Mumbai, Oct 7 (PTI) The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted bail to actor Rhea Chakraborty in a drugs case related to her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

The court rejected the argument that celebrities deserve specially harsh treatment in such cases so as to `send out a message'.

After spending 28 days in jail, Rhea stepped out of the Byculla women's prison here around 5.30 pm amid a scrum of mediapersons.

While granting her bail on a personal bond of Rs one lakh, the court asked the actor to appear before the Mumbai police for 10 days and before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB, which had arrested her) once a month for the next six months.

Justice Sarang Kotwal of the HC also granted bail to Rajput's domestic aides Dipesh Sawant and Samuel Miranda, but rejected the bail plea of Rhea' brother Showik Chakraborty.

The court also rejected the bail plea of alleged drug peddler Abdel Basit Parihar.

The HC observed in its order that Rhea did not have any criminal antecedents, and it was unlikely that she would tamper with evidence or affect the probe while out on bail.

Rhea, however, can't leave Mumbai without the NCB's permission and for traveling outside the country, she will need permission from the special NDPS court here, the HC said.

The NCB has charged Rhea under the stringent Section 27-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that pertains to "financing and harbouring illegal drug trafficking". It entails imprisonment up to 10 years in prison and a bar on the grant of bail.

The HC said simply paying for a particular drug transaction does not qualify as financing drug traffic.

"The allegations against the applicant of spending money in procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput will not, therefore, mean that she had financed illicit traffic," the court said.

It also noted that harbouring an offender as described under the Act would mean providing money for that person's drug consumption while also giving him shelter and food.

Rajput, for whom Rhea allegedly procured drugs, had no apprehension of arrest and therefore, the charge of harbouring too could not be applied, it said.

The court also dismissed the argument that Rhea's bail be rejected to `send out a strong message' to society.

"The learned ASG (additional solicitor general) had argued that celebrities and role models should be treated harshly so that it sets an example for the young generation...

I do not agree," Justice Kotwal said.

"Everybody is equal before law. No celebrity or role model enjoys any special privilege before the court of law.

Similarly, such person also does not incur any special liability when he faces law in the courts," he said.

The HC, however, rejected the bail plea of Rhea's brother Showik.

"The applicant (Showik) was facilitating procurement of drugs from one party for supplying them to Sushant Singh Rajput. He was clearly involved in illicit trafficking or illegal trade of drugs," the court said.

"The applicant appears to be an important link in the chain of drug dealers. He was in touch with different dealers.

He had monetary transactions with the," the court said.

Justice Kotwal also held that a detailed interpretation of the NDPS Act and previous judgments of the Supreme Court showed that all offences under the Act were non-bailable. Also, section 27-A can be invoked even if quantity of the drug is not "commercial", the judge said.

However, in Rhea's case, since there was no financing or harbouring (of drugs or its consumers), Section 27-A could not be applied, the HC said.

Granting bail to Miranda and Dipesh Sawant, the court said they had simply procured or collected drugs on directions of Rajput or Rhea.

Rhea's lawyer Satish Maneshinde said that "truth and justice have prevailed". "The hounding and witch-hunt by three central agencies--the CBI, ED and NCB --of Rhea should come to an end. We remain committed to truth," he said.

Rajput, 34, was found hanging at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14. After a case of alleged abetment of suicide was registered against Rhea by Rajput's parents, a parallel probe into alleged drug procurement by her also began on the basis of her WhatsApp chats.


Kerala CM writes to counterparts in Maha, TN
COVID 19: Kerala registers 7,101 recoveries, 20 deaths
Kerala Congress P C Thomas faction likely to join UDF
Seaplane to be used for flights between Sabarmati riverfront, Statue of Unity reaches Kochi
Kerala''s COVID-19 tally rises to 3.79 lakh with 6,843 fresh cases
Gold smuggling:Kerala HC restrains ED, Customs from arresting Sivasankar till October 28
Kerala''s active cases nearing one lakh mark; Toll mounts to 1,281
KC (M) Jose K Mani faction formally inducted into CPI-M-led LDF in Kerala
Kerala reports 7,482 fresh COVID-19 cases as tally breaches 3.50 lakh mark
Ex-Mizoram guv and senior BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan, 8 others booked in cheating case
Suspended IAS officer Sivasankar feigned illness: Customs tells HC
Kerala adds 6,591 fresh coronavirus cases, 24 deaths push toll to 1,206
Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases
Jnanpith awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri dead
Kerala''s COVID-19 count crosses three lakh mark with 8,764 fresh cases
NCP welcomes Mani to LDF but not at cost of Pala seat
Abdullakutty file complaints in police stations over alleged conspiracy to murder him
Gold smuggling case : 3 accused admit to crime ; NIA seeks extension of custody period to 180 days
Kerala adds 9,250 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths take toll to 955
2 Navy personnel killed as glider crashes in Kochi
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
 Mumbai: From starting out as a bus conductor to becoming one of the biggest stars of the: country,  
'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Taiwan says new arms purchases to boost credible defence
 Taipei, Oct 27 (AP) Taiwan said Tuesday that proposed US sales of missiles and other arms systems wi
President Donald Trump ahead of Joe Biden by 5 points in Texas: Poll
Pak to strengthen ties with Afghanistan: PM Imran
COVID-19 vaccination to begin in Venezuela Around April - President Maduro
NATIONAL NEWS
Loan moratorium: Lenders to credit interest on interest' to borrowers by Nov 5, Centre tells SC
 New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that lenders have been directed to
Man attacks TV actress with knife in Mumbai
Polls open in first phase of Bihar elections
Former Union Min Dilip Ray gets three-yr jail in coal scam case
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2020 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.