The Sushant Singh Rajput death case, investigated by NCB, ED and CBI, was entangled in a lot of controversies.
Late SSR’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty were at the heart of all the chaos after being arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
Even after Rhea got bail in the drug case, her brother’s bail plea had been rejected repeatedly. After 3 months in jail, Showik finally was granted bail on December 2.
He was arrested on charges of procuring drugs and having contacts with drug peddlers. However, as reported by India Today, a special NDPS court has ruled that the charge of financing illicit trafficking or trading of drugs does not apply against Showik!
While arresting him, NCB had invoked Section 27A of the NDPS Act; which deals with ‘financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders’ and imposes 10-20 years of rigorous imprisonment.
However, judge GB Gurao in his order stated that “ingredient of section 27A of NDPS Act are absent in the case”. He also noted that Section 27A was invoked against Rhea and that ingredients for invoking the provision did not exist in her case either.
The special NDPS court’s order stated, “It is alleged that applicant has procured Ganja for Sushant Singh Rajput. Admittedly, applicant is arrested only on the basis of statement of co-accused and his statement.”
It was further added that – “Section 27A of the NDPS Act is in respect of financing of illicit trafficking of drug. It is also not the case of the prosecution is that accused financed to illicit trafficking of drug and those drugs were supplied to various persons.”