After nearly a month spent in jail and multiple denials, actor Rhea Chakraborty was finally granted bail today. The Bombay High Court in its bail order observed that “Rhea Chakraborty not part of chain of drug dealers, has no criminal antecedents.” Chakraborty had been in jail since September 8, after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested her in a drug possession case – where no drugs were found in her possession – in connection with the investigation of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
She was granted conditional bail and asked to submit a bond of ₹1 lakh. Chakraborty’s brother, Showik, who has also been under arrest since September, was not granted bail. Rhea Chakraborty’s release comes at a time when the Central Bureau of Investigation has been unable to prove she had any involvement in the allegations of financially defrauding Rajput. Doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences have also dismissed the murder conspiracy theories by unanimously ruling Rajput’s death a suicide.
Rhea Chakraborty Gets Bail After Month In Jail, NDTV's Saurabh Gupta (@MickyGupta84) reports
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 7, 2020
In addition to her bail bond, Chakraborty also has to abide by conditions set down by the court. These conditions include handing over her passport to the court, not travelling abroad without the court’s permission, reporting to her local police station for the next 10 days, and not meeting any other witnesses in the case.
Rhea Chakraborty gets bail on personal bond of Rs 1 lakh.
Court says, "Rhea should mark her presence for 10 days in police station after release, deposit her passport, not travel abroad without court permission & inform investigating officer if she has to leave Greater Mumbai" https://t.co/TBCLt1Cblx
— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2020
Chakraborty’s lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, has welcomed the court’s decision to grant Rhea bail. He has called for an end to the hounding of his client by the three central agencies investigating the case, the CBI, NCB, and Enforcement Directorate.
Rhea Chakraborty gets bail, Bombay HC Rejects Brother Showik's Application.
We are Delighted by the Order. The hounding and witch hunt by three central agencies .. the CBI , ED and NCB of Rhea should come to and end : Lawyer Satish Maneshinde pic.twitter.com/8IB2ETEsiY
— Puja Bharadwaj (@Pbndtv) October 7, 2020
The last month Chakraborty spent in jail appears to have been the result of a media trial rather than any legal precedent. Her release on bail is vindication for the many who pointed out how problematic and toxic the coverage of the investigation on TV news channels was.
#RheaChakraborty finally gets bail after a month. She has been the subject of utmost misogynistic vilification, led by some of our major TV news channels ( some of whom tried and trying to change track midway).
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) October 7, 2020
#RheaChakraborthy gets bail
She was arrested without possession of drugs by NCB on 8th Sep
She was arrested as nothing was found by CBI&ED against her in SSR case
She was arrested as farcical campaign #justiceforSSR was getting TRPs & she was pronounced guilty without trial.
— Marya Shakil (@maryashakil) October 7, 2020
#RHEACHAKRABORTY Now that CBI & AIIMS have ruled out murder and no siphoning of funds, what should happen to the TV channels & anchors who ran a relentless campaign against Rhea? With great power comes great responsibility. But most TV media seem to have none of the latter!
— Shoma Chaudhury (@ShomaChaudhury) October 7, 2020
Will the channels and anchors who relentlessly targeted Chakraborty as a scapegoat for Rajput’s death accept their mistakes, or will they revert to type and direct attention to a new sensationalised story?