Accused encouraged Sushant Singh Rajput to ‘extreme drug addiction’: BCN indictment draft

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THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in its proposed indictment against 35 listed defendants in the alleged drugs case filed following the actor’s death Sushant Singh Rajput in 2020 said the defendants entered into a criminal association for distributing drugs “in high society and Bollywood”.

The draft also states that the delivery of drugs for Rajput had been taking place since 2018. It adds that in 2020, drugs were procured for the consumption of Rajput by the accused, including roommate of the late actor Siddharth Pithani, claiming he “helped and abetted” the actor into “extreme drug addiction.”

The NCB submitted its plan proposing to charge the 35 defendants under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). Some of the defendants include Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and the late actor’s two employees who have been accused of allegedly buying drugs for Rajput. The NCB claims that since 2018, Rajput had been regularly receiving drug deliveries through various people, including his aides. In 2020, the NCB claimed that drugs were provided to Rajput at the request of either the actor or Chakraborty, with the latter receiving a few deliveries of ganja and handing it over to him. The NCB claims that Pithani purchased drugs for Rajput through the actor’s bank account, calling it “puja samagri”.

The NCB also claimed that Agisilaos Demetriades, the brother of actor Arjun Rampal’s partner, repeatedly obtained cocaine from a Nigerian national and cannabis and ganja from two co-defendants “and circulated it in high society and in Bollywood”. The draft indictment does not mention to whom the drugs were distributed. She claims that the accused engaged in the offense of selling narcotics for profit.

The BCN indicted the accused on counts including Section 8(c) read with 20(b)(ii)(A), 22, 27, 27A, 28, 29 and 30 of the NDPS Act . These relate to the production, manufacture, sale, purchase, transport, consumption of any narcotic, the use and possession of cannabis and psychotropic substances, the financing of illicit trafficking and the accommodation of offenders as well as the complicity and association of criminals, the attempt and the preparation of an offence.

The court will review the evidence and hear from the BCN as well as the accused before deciding what charges they can stand trial on.

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