- Showik Chakraborty was bailed by the Mumbai court three months after his arrest
- He was charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law
- Rhea Chakraborty was released on bail in October
Actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother, Showik, has been released on bail by a Mumbai special court on drug-related charges in Sushant Singh Rajput almost three months after his arrest. Ms. Chakraborty was released on bail in October, almost a month after her arrest.
Showik Chakraborty was arrested on September 4, along with Mr Rajput’s house manager, Samuel Miranda, after being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is investigating drug abuse allegations surrounding Rajput’s death in June. They were charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law.
The Mumbai District Court cited a recent Supreme Court judgment stating that statements or confessions to an NCB official are not admissible evidence. Mr. Chakraborty had asked the court for bail in the first week of November.
In October, Mr Chakraborty was denied bail in Bombay High Court when his sister was granted bail. The court had said there is enough evidence to show that he is part of a chain of drug dealers engaged in the trade in illegal substances.
Rhea Chakraborty was arrested days later and charged with being “an active member of a drug syndicate” and of financing drugs for use by Mr. Rajput, her boyfriend.
The anti-drug agency has repeatedly said that the brother-sister duo purchased drugs not for their own use but to deliver them to Mr Rajput, which is a “more serious crime” in connection with drug financing. The NCB called Ms. Chakraborty, 28, “an active member of a drug syndicate”.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his home in Mumbai in June. Mumbai police launched a suicide investigation, but the actor’s family accused Ms. Chakraborty of mentally harassing him and taking money. After weeks of political sparring and intrigue, the CBI was handed the case.