Published On: Fri, Mar 5th, 2021

Rhea Chakraborty instrumental in procuring, financing drugs: NCB in SSR case

Mumbai: The first charge sheet filed in the drugs case probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has mentioned briefly about the role of his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty for being instrumental in procuring and financing the drugs.

Rhea and Showik, have not reacted to the new development in the case

An official of the NCB pointed out that the cash transactions of Rhea and then digital transfers have been mentioned in the charge sheet corroborating the use of the money for procuring and financing drugs.

The official also said that Rhea’s brother, Showik Chakraborty has also been named in the charge sheet and his relations with drug peddlers Basit Parihar and Zayed along with the drug delivering incidents have been collaborated with Whatsapp chats and financial transactions.

To a question if the drug-law enforcement agency has named Bollywood biggies like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Kha, Shradhha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh, the official said that they have not been named in the charge sheet.

Citing the reason for not mentioning their names in the charge sheet, the official explained that as their statement was “disclosure based”.

Besides Rhea and Showik, the NCB has named 31 more people in its first charge sheet that it filed in the court. The official said that the late actor’s ex-manager Samuel Miranda, his house help Dipesh Sawant, drug peddler Anuj Keshwani, from whom commercial quantity of drugs (LSD sheets and marijuana) were first recovered, figure in the charge sheet.

There are two foreign nationals Agisilaos Demetriades, the brother of actor Arjun Rampal’s South African girlfriend and model Gabriella Demetriades, besides Kshitij Prasad, a former executive producer connected with Dharma Productions and two college students who are said to be the last mile peddlers, have also been named.

The siblings. Rhea and Showik, have not reacted to the new development in the case.

In August last year, the NCB Mumbai had registered two cases related to the drugs angle which emerged in the investigations into Sushant’s death.

Moving swiftly, the NCB had arrested Rhea and Showik, and several other persons in September last year, creating an upheaval in Bollywood circles.

The Chakraborty siblings and another 23 other arrested-accused are currently out on bail, while 8 remain in custody.

“Out of these 33 persons, 25 have been granted bail by court and 8 remain in judicial custody. Further investigations are on against known-unknown persons and a supplementary charge sheet will be filed as per laws,” NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede said in a statement.

Wankhede said that the NCB has seized various narcotic drugs (Charas, Ganja, LSD, Ecstasy) and psychotropic substances (Alprazolam and Clonazepam), Indian and foreign currencies, electronic gadgets and mobiles which were analysed to reveal incriminating evidences pertaining to sale, purchase, procurement, consumption, possession of narcotic drugs.

“The drugs seized were sent for chemical examination, and the case was thoroughly investigated on the basis of seizures effected from the accused, voluntary disclosure (confessions), technical evidences like connectivity through call details, WhatsApp chats, bank accounts, financial transactions and other forms of evidences,” Wankhede explained.

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