SC allows NCB to amend its plea challenging Bombay HC order on Rhea Chakraborty

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On Thursday, the Apex Court allowed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to amend its petition — challenging the bail order of the High Court of Bombay granting bail to actress Rhea Chakraborty — & also the findings on the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in connection with her involvement in the alleged drug case.

A 3-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the CJI S A Bobde & comprising Justice A S Bopanna & Justice V Ramasubramanian, allowed the prayer of Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the NCB, to amend its plea.

The NCB had moved the top court recently challenging the order of the Bombay High Court granting bail to Rhea in the alleged drug case.

“I am not against the grant of bail,” the Solicitor General said.

Pleading to the Supreme Court, Mehta said: “Please allow me to amend the plea. We will challenge the bail order & also the findings on the NDPS Act.”

He requested the Apex Court to adjourn the matter for next week.

“My worry is that the Bombay High Court had made certain wide-ranging observations, on the NDPS case (against her),” Mehta told the court during the hearing.

The Supreme Court asked Mehta: “You cannot file a petition against the Bombay High Court’s observations while hearing from the NCB that the Bombay High Court had made certain findings & observations in the Rhea Chakraborty bail order case.”

“Kindly have it on Monday,” the SG requested the bench of the Supreme Court, to which, the CJI led bench adjourned the matter.

The Bombay High Court, had last year in Oct, granted bail to Rhea who was arrested by the NCB on September 8 in connection with an alleged drugs-related case linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The Bombay High Court, while granting bail to the actress, had imposed several bail conditions on her, including that of depositing her passport with the NCB, & also had barred her from leaving the country without the prior permission of the special court trying the alleged drugs case.

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