Rhea Chakraborty -- the friend of actor Sushant Singh Rajput -- is "ready for arrest", her lawyer said today as the 28-year-old appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau for questioning. The Central agency, which is investigating allegations of drug abuse surrounding the death of Mr Rajput in June, has already arrested her brother. The agency had plans to have her confront him today, sources had said.
"Rhea Chakraborty is ready for arrest as this is a witch hunt and if loving some one is a crime, she will face the consequences of her love. Being innocent, She has not approached any court for anticipatory bail in all the cases foisted by Bihar Police now with CBI, ED and NCB," her lawyer, Satish Maneshinde said in a statement this morning.
Ms Chakraborty's brother Showik Chakraborty was arrested on Friday by the Narcotics Control Bureau along with Samuel Miranda, Sushant Singh Rajput's house manager, and charged with the anti-drug law. They have been sent to the agency's custody till Wednesday.
No drugs have been found on Showik Chakraborty yet. The NCB's case hinges on 59 grams of curated marijuana found on the alleged drug peddlers, Abbas Lakhani and Karan Arora, who allegedly had links with Sushant Singh Rajput.
The investigation started after WhatsApp chats retrieved from Ms Chakraborty's phone revealed an alleged conversation between her and a contact saved as "Miranda Sushi" - believed to be Samuel Miranda - about procuring drugs.
The agency has told a Mumbai court that there are "specific roles/ingredients of criminal conspiracy, abetments and various attempts to commit offences". "The financial trail of all previous transactions of drug purchase has to be verified, it had added.
Rhea Chakraborty and her family have said a "simple, middle-class family' was being targeted as part of a "witch hunt" and were being vilified by the media. After Showik Chakraborty's arrest, his father had said that he was now expecting the arrest of his daughter.
"Congratulations India, you have arrested my son, I'm sure next on the line is my daughter and I don't know who is next thereafter. You have effectively demolished a middle class family. But of course, for the sake of justice everything is justified. Jai hind," read the statement from Lt Col Indrajit Chakraborty (Retd), who has also been questioned by the CBI for days.
The death of 34-year-old Sushant Singh Rajput and its various angles are being investigated by three central agencies -- the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate along with the Narcotics Control Bureau -- after a huge legal and political battle.
Rhea Chakraborty and her family have been accused of taking crores of rupees from Sushant Rajput and having a role in his death -- allegations they have repeatedly denied.