Wednesday 28 October 2020

NCB: Rhea, part of cartel, claimed to manage fund to get drugs for Sushant

As per NCB’s remand copy, Chakraborty has acknowledged the statements of other accused and it is clear that she used to procure drugs for Rajput’s consumption

In its remand application of actor Rhea Chakraborty, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has stated that she is an active member of a “drug syndicate” and that she has confessed that she used to manage funds for drug procurement. A remand application is what an investigating agency prepares for the court, where it tells the judge what the accused have confessed before it. This is done to secure the remand of the accused.

Chakraborty is appearing before the magistrate via video conference from NCB office in Mumbai. NCB said that Chakraborty’s disclosure or statement had made it clear that she was an active member of a “drug syndicate” connected with supplies of narcotic substances.

Chakraborty revealed her involvement in the procurement of drugs and financial transactions and also her instructions to Sushant’s house help Dipesh Sawant, Rhea’s brother Showik Chakraborty and the late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda.

The NCB arrested Sawant for his role in procuring and handling of drugs. The agency arrested Showik and Miranda in the same case.

As per NCB’s remand copy, Chakraborty has acknowledged the statements of the other accused. It is clear that she used to procure drugs. She claims she did it for Rajput’s consumption. The remand copy states that Sawant had claimed that Rajput and Chakraborty dealt with the financial issues for the purchase of drugs.

According to the NCB, Showik said that Basit Parihar provided drugs to Dipesh Sawant through drug peddler Kaizen Ibrahim.

The NCB said Showik had confessed that he used to facilitate the delivery of drugs through peddlers Zaid, Basit and Kaizen. Showik disclosed that these drug deliveries used to be received by Rajput’s aides and every delivery and payment was in conscious knowledge of Rhea Chakraborty.

As per NCB’s remand application, Samuel Miranda has confessed that Sushant also along with rhea used to instruct him to procure the drug.Rajput also used to deal with the financial matter regarding these drugs along with Rhea Chakraborty.

As per NCB’s remand application, Dipesh Sawant disclosed that he used to receive drugs for Sushant on the late actor’s instructions.

While making the statement, Miranda disclosed that he used to procure drugs on instructions of Sushant Singh Rajput And Rhea Chakraborty. He said that Rhea And Sushant managed the money for drug procurement.

Earlier, Deputy Director General (DG), South-Western Region, NCB, Ashok Jain had said that the agency would seek Rhea’s judicial custody. “Rhea Chakraborty will be produced before magistrate shortly. We don’t need her custody remand so we will seek judicial custody. We are not asking for her custody remand as whatever we wanted to cross with her, we have done already,” he said.

“We will oppose bail to her. We are only seeking judicial custody but we don’t support the bail. Rhea was sent for a routine medical check-up. She tested negative for COVID-19. Whatever she told was sufficient for the arrest. We have arrested her, it means we had enough,” Jain said. He said that NCB did not recover any contraband from her. Chakraborty is the ninth person the NCB arrested in the ongoing case.

The NCB launched an investigation after it received official communication from Enforcement Directorate (ED), in which there were various chats related to drug consumption, procurement, usage and transportation in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

The agency had said it had found linkages of Parihar with the case registered previously — based on the preliminary enquiry on the details submitted by ED.

The ED had on 31 July registered an Enforcement Case Information Report in the late actor’s death case after Rajput’s father KK Singh filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Rhea Chakraborty in Bihar on 28 July.

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