Actor Rhea Chakraborty was not part of any drug syndicate as alleged by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the Bombay High Court mentioned on Wednesday whereas granting her bail. Justice Sarang Kotwal additionally rejected the NCB”s argument that celebrities or “role models” ought to get harsh remedy in such instances in order to set an instance. Everybody is equal earlier than the regulation, the court docket mentioned.
“She is not part of drug dealers. She has not forwarded the drugs allegedly procured by her to somebody else to earn monetary or other benefits,” the court docket mentioned.
The NCB had alleged that Rhea used to acquire medicine for actor Sushant Singh Rajput, her boyfriend, who dedicated suicide at his Mumbai home on June 14.
But its probe to date had not revealed any restoration of medication both from Rhea or from Rajput”s home, the court docket identified.
“It is their (NCB”s) own case that the drugs were already consumed and hence there was no recovery. In that case, there is nothing at this stage to show that the applicant (Rhea) had committed any offence involving commercial quantity of contraband,” HC mentioned.
If an offence below the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act entails a “commercial quantity” of drug, it entails higer punishment.
The court docket additionally rejected argument by the extra solicitor common who appeared for the NCB that Rhea must be denied bail to ship out a robust message to society.
“The learned ASG had argued that the celebrities and role models should be treated harshly so that it sets an example for the young generation and they do not get encouraged to commit such offences.
“I don’t agree,” Justice Kotwal said.
“Everybody is equal earlier than regulation. No movie star or function mannequin enjoys any special privilege earlier than the court docket of regulation. Similarly, such particular person additionally doesn’t incur any special legal responsibility when he faces regulation within the courts. Each case will have to be determined by itself deserves regardless of the standing of the accused,” the high court said.
The court, however, rejected Rhea”s brother Showik”s bail plea, noting that he “seems to be part of the (drug provide) chain” and his case would have to be distinguished from that of a consumer or an end-purchaser.
In Rhea”s case, the court also observed that there was no basis for the special NDPS court”s order denying her bail on the ground that she might destroy evidence.
“It can also be vital to notice that when the Applicant was produced earlier than the Court for her first remand, the investigating company didn’t search her custody. That means, they’re happy together with her interrogation and he or she had cooperated in that investigation,” HC said.
Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested by the NCB on September 9 in a drugs case related to Rajput”s death, walked out of Byculla women”s prison here on Wednesday evening.