The Central Anti-Drug Agency has filed draught charges against 35 defendants in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. According to the charges, actress Rhea Chakraborty received multiple ganja deliveries from the co-accused, including her brother Showik, and gave them to Rajput.
The draft was submitted before the Special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) Court last month, were made public on Tuesday.
The draught allegations state that between March 2020 and December of that same year, all of the defendants engaged in criminal conspiracy to obtain, buy, sell, and distribute drugs to “high society and Bollywood.”
In addition, it claimed that the defendant had supported drug trafficking and used illegally obtained marijuana, charas, cocaine, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances in the Mumbai Metropolitan area.
Therefore, they have been charged under relevant provisions of the NDPS Act, including sections 27 and 27 A (financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders) 28 (punishment for attempts to commit offences), 29 (whoever abets, or is a party to a criminal conspiracy), as per the draft charges.
The draft charges maintained that “accused number 10 Rhea Chakroborty received many deliveries of ganja from accused Samuel Miranda, Showik, Dipesh Sawant and others and handed over those deliveries to the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput”. She made payments for those deliveries at the instance of Showik and the late actor between March 2020 and September that year, it added.
As per the draft charges, Rhea’s brother Showik was in regular touch with drug peddlers and had received many deliveries from co-accused after placing orders of ganja and hashish/charas. These deliveries were handed over to Rajput.
The filing of draft charges sets the tone for the framing of charges, following which the trial begins. However, before framing of charges, the court will have to first decide on the discharge pleas of the accused. Until now, four persons, including Kshitij Prasad, former executive producer of Dharmatic Entertainment, have filed for discharge in the case. Special Judge V G Raghuwanshi, hearing cases pertaining to Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, has posted the matter for hearing on July 27.
Rhea Chakraborty was arrested in the drug case in September 2020 and was granted bail by the Bombay High Court a month later. Besides Rhea, her brother Showik Chakraborty and several others are also arraigned as accused in the case, with most of them currently out on bail. The NCB began its probe into alleged drug use in the film and television industry following the death of Rajput on June 14, 2020