Actor Rhea Chakraborty's brother Showik has been granted bail by a special court in Mumbai after three months of his arrest on the charges of procuring drugs for late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. "Special NDPS Court grants bail to Showik Chakraborty (Rhea Chakraborty's brother) in a drugs case registered by Narcotics Control Bureau" ANI Tweet reads
Showik Chakraborty and Mr Rajput's house manager Samuel Miranda were arrested in September after being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is probing allegations of drug abuse surrounding Mr Rajput's death in June.
Both were booked under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The sections pressed against them include sections 20(b) that deals with production, manufacture, possession, selling, purchase and transport of cannabis, 28 (punishment for attempt to commit offences), 29 (punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy) and 27(a) that defines punishment for financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders.
Rhea Chakraborty was also arrested on same charges and was allowed bail by the Bombay High Court on October 7.
Showik who was in jail since September had filed a fresh bail plea in a special NDPS court in the first week of November after his bail plea got rejected many times earlier by the special court as well as Bombay high court.
In the bail application, he said he was being falsely implicated with all allegations and also highlighted that he wasn't found with the possession of any drugs. " In the facts and circumstances of the present case, given that no commercial quantity has been alleged in respect of the applicant, there has been no recovery from the applicant and that all allegations pertain only to small quantities, the embargo imposed by Section 37 of the NDPS Act, 1985 would not be applicable" his bail application reads.
The special NDPS court granted him bail, citing a recent Supreme Court order which said that "confessional statements" made to the NCB officials cannot be considered as evidence.
(Reported by Sonia Antony)