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The message soon went viral, and quickly enough there was an outpouring of support as well as an army of trolls. Investigators – armed with her ‘confessional statement’ and circumstantial evidence – had, however, made up their minds to arrest her the same day.
The only question before them was whether custody was essential to the case or not. Will taking her into custody only appease certain social media warriors and media houses clamouring for her arrest in the alleged suicide of Bollywood actor and boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput or would a judicial detention serve the case better? That was their dilemma.
The crux of the evidence against the actress was this – a dozen WhatsApp chats between March 2017 and June this year; about Rs 12,000 in payments to arrested drug peddlers and her own ‘confessional statement’ before NCB sleuths, recorded under Section 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
“...I cannot question the evidence you have against me … I am into drug supply …but never consumed it…,” Chakraborty confessed to the federal agency, an official told ET.
The NCB believes there is strong evidence to nail the actor, although there is a con- trarian view about the admissibility of any ‘confessional statement’ under Section 67 of the NDPS Act. “Why are we running a media trial questioning the quality of the evidence?” quizzed an officer of the probe team. Chakraborty’s confession and the money trail that has been unearthed – even if it is only a few thousand rupees - will stand the test of law, the officer pointed out. “Also, she wasn’t the first arrest in the case.”
Five people, including four peddlers and her brother Showik, had been arrested before and over 10 people were taken into custody after her arrest. “So, this is strong evidence to establish the chain of conspiracy,” the officer added. As the issue relates to trafficking and not consumption, recovery of drugs is not central to the case.
“Recoveries have been made from the other co-accused. The question is whether this amounts to commercial quantity, but that is better answered by the courts,” the officer said.
On September 11, the special NDPS court denied bail to Chakraborty saying no specified quantity of drugs is required to be in possession to prove the offence. Chakraborty and others have since moved the Bombay High Court against the order.
Her counsel Satish Maneshinde told ET that there was nothing to prove that she was in touch with any drug cartel. “The allegations against her are that she allegedly made payment by credit card for purchase of drugs for Rajput’s consumption. How can anyone allege that it was a drug cartel?” he said. “Drug cartels are those that deal in huge quantities…the accused so far arrested are small-time drug peddlers. They can’t be described as drug syndicates,” he said, adding that Rs 12,000 in payment, which NCB claims she made to drug peddlers, cannot be termed as “financing” the drug trade.
NOT A STRONG CASE
Although NCB officials said the court order vindicated their stand, a former senior NCB official begs to differ. He told ET that the admissibility of a statement recorded under Section 67 of the Act -- deemed ‘confessional’ -- is still being contested and is before the Supreme Court. Any court is expected to take into consideration two sections of the NDPS Act and one section of the Indian Evidence Act to ascertain her guilt, if any.
The NCB team draws its investigative powers under Section 53 of the Act, equating them to police officers. However, Section 25 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 states clearly that a confession before a police officer is not admissible in court. In NCB’s case, a statement recorded under Section 67 is deemed a confessional statement.
A bunch of petitions is, however, pending before the Supreme Court on whether a statement recorded under Section 67 can be termed a “confessional statement” and whether an officer authorised to investigate offences under the Act is a “police officer” for the purpose of Section 25 of the Indian Evidence Act. “So, the backbone of the evidence --which is the confessional statement -- can still be contested,” the former NCB official explained.
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2 Comments on this Story
Caba San28 days ago
"As per leading PSYCHIATRIST......
FAMILY SPONSORED BREAK - UP with a live-in-relationship Partner can be SUICIDAL....."
ATTEMPTED FAMILY SPONSORED BREAK - UP ...... by son - in - law OP SINGH ..through DCP DHAIYA of Mumbai Police...caused SUICIDE of Sushant Singh Rajput...
"In the Instant Case, its KK Singh father ATTEMPTED SPONSORED BREAK-UP of Sushant Singh RajputÂ with Live - in - PartnerÂ Rhea Chakravarty through OP Singh led him to take the extreme step of SUICIDE"
BACKGROUND : Honour Killing, Family Sponsored Break- up is common in Backward BIMARU States like BIHAR."..........now CBI should go after KK SINGH.Â
.....Hindustan Times:Â Aug 05, 2020 13:13 IST........
IPS officer asked me to pressurise Rhea Chakraborty: DCP Dahiya
Deputy Commissioner of Police Paramjitsingh Dahiya told a TV channel that O P Singh, brother-in-law of Rajput and senior IPS officer of Haryana police, had made the request in February this year.
DHAIYA is a Senior Mumbai Police Official has claimed that Sushant Singh Rajputâ s brother-in-law, an IPS officer, had asked him to pressurise the actorâ s girlfriendÂ Rhea Chakraborty to end their relationship.
Balaji Kumar34 days ago
Case is getting Diverted why people?