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Bollywood actor, Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on June 14, 2020, came as the biggest shock in the entertainment industry. After his reported suicide, Sushant’s then-girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty's name was under the radar. The actress was arrested for procuring drugs for him and was under judicial custody for 28 days.
Throughout her judicial proceedings, Rhea had to deal with a lot of accusations, media trials and people’s wrath. However, nothing deterred her spirit as she knew that she was not at fault unless proven guilty. In a recent interview, human rights lawyer and trade unionist, Sudha Bharadwaj revealed how friendly Rhea was with her jail inmates, without any airs of being a celebrity.
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In an interview with Newslaundry, Sudha Bharadwaj revealed that Rhea had undergone a lot throughout her trial and was made a scapegoat. Revealing why she was kept in a special cell, the activist stated:
“The Sushant Singh Rajput thing had been going on and on and on in the media, like it was crazy. At that time, we used to say that Rhea is being made a scapegoat. We were very unhappy with it. So, I was very glad that she was not brought into the main barrack; she was kept in the special cell. I think she was kept there so that she did not see the TV because people would keep that TV on. All the time hearing about your case would have been too upsetting for her.”
Sudha Bharadwaj, who was arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the Bhima Koregaon case, further shared details of Rhea’s last day in the Byculla jail. Recalling how the actress brought sweets for all the barracks and even danced with her inmates, Sudha revealed:
“I must say for somebody, who had been thrown into a situation like that… for her as a young person, she took it very sportingly. And she was so friendly with people. She was so friendly with the children. The first day (they met her), everybody was going ‘Rhea kahan hai (where is Rhea)?’ You know, how people are. But she would never make a thing of it. And when she left, she had some money remaining in her account, so for all the barracks she asked for sweets to be given, and everybody came down to wish her goodbye. Then, everybody said, ‘Rhea, one dance, one dance’. And she actually obliged. So sweet. She danced with them (the inmates).”
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Rhea was arrested by the NCB under the charges of procurement and consumption of drugs after Sushant’s father, Krishna Kishore Singh had filed an FIR against her. He had accused his son's ex-girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, of abetment to suicide. After her arrest, Rhea had taken the names of many Bollywood celebrities, who were involved in the same.
Rhea Chakraborty was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on October 7, 2020.
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