Apart from Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, the NCB charge sheet names 33 defendants and cites their WhatsApp chats and position details to say they mentioned drug procurement and marijuana.
New Delhi: According to ThePrint, the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) 11,700-page charge sheet in a drug case involving actor Rhea Chakraborty, girlfriend of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, stated that she “funded procurement of drugs — curated marijuana” via her debit card between March and May 2020.
Chakraborty’s debit card was used to withdraw close to Rs 50,000 in separate transactions from different ATMs, according to the charge sheet filed Friday, and the cash was then used to buy drugs, sources said.
Although there is no clear proof that Chakraborty took the money for drug purchases, NCB appears to have WhatsApp conversations between Chakraborty, her brother Showik, and Rajput’s housekeeper Dipesh Sawant, which “corroborates that the aforementioned money was withdrawn and used for drug acquisition,” according to reports.
The agency has quoted WhatsApp chats of both Chakraborty and Showik, as well as Sawant, to state the trio debated drug procurement and Chakraborty was the one who funded it, according to the charge sheet, which lists 33 defendants in addition to Chakraborty and Showik.
“We have chat transcripts that show Rhea gave her card to Showik, who then gave it to Dipesh to withdraw cash for drug purchases. Dipesh was the one who eventually took money from Rhea’s card to buy drugs, according to a source.
“Rhea asks Showik if he has withdrawn the cash and when the drugs will be procured in our chats. Furthermore, Showik and Dispesh have talks in which Showik asks whether the work has been completed and when the medications will be shipped, according to the source.
Sawant’s phone location was also mentioned in the charge sheet as being near the location where drugs were to be distributed by one of the peddlers, who was later arrested.
“On WhatsApp chats between Showik and Dispesh, the spot where the drugs were to be shipped was shared. The location of Dipesh’s phone, according to the chats, was the same spot where the drugs were supposed to be delivered,” the source said.
“These talks corroborate the fact that medicines were acquired and that Rhea deliberately funded these purchases,” the source added.
Satish Maneshinde, Chakraborty’s counsel, told ThePrint that he had not yet seen the charge sheet and would not be able to comment until he did.
The NCB filed a lawsuit in August 2020 after the Enforcement Directorate reported to have discovered multiple WhatsApp talks between Chakraborty and her brother Showik linked to drug use, procurement, and transportation while investigating a suspected money laundering angle.
Chakraborty was dating Rajput at the time of his death on June 14, 2020, when he was discovered hanging from his bedroom ceiling fan. She was arrested for alleged opioid distribution and use under the National Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
‘Rajput was adamant about getting medication.’
According to the source cited above, Rhea Chakraborty said in a police statement that she only obtained drugs because “Rajput asked her to.” “She said in her statement that Rajput insisted on obtaining drugs and asked her to do so. She later confessed to using marijuana on occasion, according to the source.
Eight of the overall suspects are now in jail, while the others, including the brother-sister couple, have been released on parole.
A number of other confirmed and unknown people are also being investigated, according to an NCB official who did not want to be identified.
The agency said in a statement Friday that it had confiscated various narcotics medications and psychotropic agents, mobile devices, and Indian and foreign currency notes during the probe, which began last year.
During the investigation, significant incriminating information about the selling, acquisition, procurement, use, and storage of narcotics products was retrieved from technical gadgets and cell phones. The NCB stated that the drugs recovered during the investigation have been submitted for chemical analysis.
The case was also extensively investigated based on products recovered from the suspects, voluntary identification documents, electronic information such as communication by call records, WhatsApp chats, details of bank accounts/financial transactions, and other oral and documentary evidence, according to the release.
“A large quantity of narcotics medications (charas, ganja, LSD, ecstasy) and psychotropic substances (alprazolam and clonazepam) protected by sections 20(b), 22, and 23 of the NDPS Act were confiscated during the investigation,” it said.