Rhea Chakraborty expresses gratitude after NCB decides to `not challenge` bail

Actress Rhea Rhea Chakraborty took to Instagram to express gratitude after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said that were not challenging the bail granted to her in the drugs case, post the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress posted a selfie video with a folded hands emoji. Although she doesn`t refer to the development directly, netizens believe the cryptic post hints at her gratitude for the recent announcement by the NCB.

The Supreme Court was informed by the NCB on Tuesday that it was not challenging the bail granted to Rhea by the Bombay High Court in the cases registered against her in connection with a drugs-related probe linked to the death of Sushant. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju told a bench of Justices AS Bopanna and MM Sundresh that NCB is not challenging the bail but the question of law should be kept open with regard to Section 27-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

“We are not challenging the grant of bail but on the interpretation of section, please keep it open for consideration. Let the order not be a precedent also,” ASG told the bench. The apex court agreed and disposed of the government`s appeal while also clarifying that the Bombay High Court order would not be treated as a precedent.

The apex court was hearing the NCB`s petition against the Bombay High Court order of October 2020 granting bail to Rhea, Sushant`s girlfriend. The NCB had charged her under the stringent Section 27-A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that pertains to “financing and harbouring illegal drug trafficking”.

The section entails imprisonment of up to 10 years and a bar on grant of bail. The High Court had said that simply paying for a particular drug transaction does not qualify as financing drug traffic.

Sushant, 34, was found hanging at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14, 2020. After a case of alleged abetment to suicide was registered against Rhea by his parents, a parallel probe into alleged drug procurement by her also began on the basis of her WhatsApp chats. 

(With ANI inputs)

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