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Sushant Singh Rajput drugged and murdered? The story’s more complicated

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Crime Sushant Singh Rajput drugged and murdered? The story's more complicated

A team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has left from Delhi for Mumbai to probe the drugs angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Seventy conversations from Rhea’s WhatsApp chats that surfaced yesterday suggest she was administering CBD oil to Sushant.

CBD oil is 40% extract of the Cannabis plant and is said to be quite effective in lowering anxiety as well as treating pain. The CBD oil is legal in India, as well as other countries. It is meant to be a pain killer. However, there is no evidence of its effectiveness. The biological effects of the CBD oil have not yet been determined. In India, CBD oil is also largely consumed.

A certain Jaya Saha had offered CBD oil to Rhea to be given to Sushant Singh Rajput who was suffering from severe depression and anxiety issues. According to the ED sources, Jaya Saha revealed that the CBD oil she had recommended to Rhea Chakraborty was easily available and was even legal for medicinal use. Saha in the message to Rhea had advised her to give the actor four drops of the oil which would help him relax and keep him calm.
According to Saha’s statement to the ED, the late actor was suffering from severe anxiety and depression. Saha added that the actor suffered repeated bouts of anxiety and on many occasions would become restless. The actor himself had informed Saha about his health condition and she advised Rhea to give doses of the oil to the actor in tea or coffee.

The CBI is currently trying to probe what part of CBD oil becomes illegal if the TLC levels are higher. The CBI is trying to probe if it was the illegal substance that Rhea Chakraborty had procured.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Indrajeet Chakraborty, the father of actor Rhea Chakraborty, again.

Amid a public uproar to see Rhea arrested, Vikas Singh, the lawyer who represents Sushant’s family, has said, “If the CBI takes her (Rhea Chakraborty) into custody without any hard evidence and she gets bail, then the entire exercise would be counter-productive.”

Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik was seen this morning entering the DRDO facility in Mumbai where the CBI is calling in people for questioning. However, he isn’t the only one present at the facility. Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend and flatmate Siddharth Pithani was seen stepping in first, the actor’s cook Neeraj was the second person to walk into the premise, followed by Rajat Mewati, Sushant’s business partner, and finally, Showik was seen walking in.

Showik’s name has cropped up on several occasions during the investigation, both by the CBI and the ED that are probing the money-laundering angle in the actor’s death case. Showik was an equal partner on a company along with Rhea and Sushant, the CBI is likely to probe in this regard. Showik had also accompanied Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea on their Europe trip in 2019, where Rhea discovered that Sushant suffered from a sort of mental illness for the first time. The said trip was significant because, as per the actor’s cook Neeraj’s testimony, Sushant was a completely different person when he returned from the trip, and he continued to remain unwell after that.

The CBI had noted certain discrepancies in the statements of Neeraj, the cook and Siddharth Pithani. Which is why the CBI were to call in the two for questioning again. The CBI are also to conduct a face-to-face interaction between the involved parties just to clear out said discrepancies.

Rhea Chakraborty, who still remains the prime accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, hasn’t been called in for questioning yet. Her lawyer, Satish Maneshinde earlier, in a statement, said that they haven’t received a formal summons from the CBI, hen they do, they will be present for questioning. The CBI was initially going to focus their probe on Rhea alone, however, from the looks of it, it has widened its investigation.

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