Drugs case: Shouvik filed bail petition for third time, cited court verdict

Mumbai: Shauvik Chakraborty, arrested in a narcotics case related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has once again filed a bail plea in a special court here citing a recent order of the Supreme Court. Actress Riya Chakraborty's brother Shouvik was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in September. This is the third attempt to release Shauvik on bail since then.

Earlier, his bail pleas were rejected by the special court and the Bombay High Court. Shouvik filed a petition before a special court hearing cases related to Narcotics Control and Psychotropic Substances (ANIPS) Act, referring to the recent order of the apex court, which said that the NCB was given before the authorities. Confessional statements cannot be considered as evidence.

"The Supreme Court, in its recent order, has given a fair verdict that the officers who have been given powers under the NDPC Act (in relation to the present case) are the police officers who are under the section of the Evidence Act," Shouvik said in his petition. Come within the radius of 25. Consequently, the confessional statement given to him cannot be considered to convict an accused under the NDPS Act.

It says that according to Section 25 of the Indian Evidence Act, no statement given before a police officer can be used against an accused in a crime. The petition, filed through advocate Satish Maneshinde, said, "There has been a clear change in the circumstances in the wake of the order of the apex court, which requires bail to be reconsidered."

Shouvik reiterated in the petition that he had been "falsely implicated" in the case. The petition said that a case has been registered against the accused under Section 27 (A) without thinking. It states that no such allegations have been mentioned in the applications for custody taken so far, which are covered under Section 27A of the NDPS Act.

It has been claimed that the NCB has not said anything about the quantity of drugs purchased by Shouvik and the type of drugs. The petition states that in the language of the common man, the case of the investigating agency is that Shauvik used to coordinate in providing narcotics to Sushant. That is, if Shouvik has an alleged role, then he has to buy small amounts of narcotics for the late actor and the charges against him are bailable.

It has been alleged that the investigating agency has wrongly shown Shouvik as a person buying narcotics and providing financial help for this. Maneshinde said that a hearing in this case is likely next week. NCB is investigating the narcotics case associated with Sushant's death. Sushant's body was found hanging in his house in suburban Bandra on 14 June 2020.