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Coerced to make self-incriminating confessions: Rhea in plea

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Actor Rhea Chakraborty, held in a drugs case linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, has alleged in her bail application filed in a Mumbai court that during her interrogation by the NCB, she was “coerced” into making “self-incriminating confessions.”

In the plea filed in a sessions court on Wednesday, Ms. Rhea also said that she has not committed any crime whatsoever and has been falsely implicated in the case.

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Her bail application is scheduled to come up for hearing on Thursday.

The actor, who was arrested in Mumbai by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday, filed this plea after a magistrate court rejected her bail application.

The plea, filed by her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said, “During her (NCB) custody, the applicant (Ms. Rhea) was coerced into making self-incriminating confessions. The actor has formally retracted all such incriminating confessions.”

In the plea, she also said that her arrest is “unwarranted and without any justification.”

“The actor’s liberty has arbitrarily been curtailed,” it added.

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The plea also said that no female officer was present during her interrogation.

Ms. Rhea was arrested after three days of questioning by the NCB. She is currently in judicial custody.

Besides Ms. Rhea’s, the bail pleas of other accused, including that of her brother Showik, who was arrested by the NCB last week, will also be heard on Thursday.

Besides Ms. Rhea and Mr. Showik, the NCB has also arrested Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda and others on drug supply charges.

The NCB had earlier said that Ms. Rhea, in her statement revealed about her involvement in the procurement of drugs and financial transactions and also her instructions to other accused, Samuel Miranda, Sushant’s domestic help Dipesh Sawant and Mr. Showik in this regard.

“Therefore, it is clear from her statement that Ms. Rhea is an active member of the drug syndicate connected with drug supplies,” the agency said.

The NCB had said that the actress has revealed that she used to procure drugs for Sushant for consumption purpose.

She also used to manage finances for drug procurement along with the late actor, it added.

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The NCB is probing the drug angle in this case under criminal sections of the NDPS Act after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) shared with it a report following the cloning of two mobile phones of Ms. Rhea.

Various angles surrounding the death of the Sushant Singh Rajput are being probed by three federal agencies- the NCB, the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Rajput was found dead at his Bandra flat on June 14.

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