The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) charged Rhea Chakraborty -on Wednesday- for purchasing drugs for her now-deceased actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress (and VJ) has been undergoing a torrid time since Sushant Singh took his life in 2020, thus spawning one of the most bizarre sagas, which at one time seized the nation’s eyeballs amidst more graver concerns. In the charge sheet filed by the anti-drugs body, Rhea and her brother Showik Chakraborty were named alongside 33 others for buying and financing the purchase of marijuana on Sushant’s behalf.

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The 30-year-old was born to a Bengali family in Bangalore. A runner-up in MTV India’s TVS Scooty Teen Diva, she later auditioned successfully to be a VJ at MTV Delhi. She has since hosted many MTV shows, including Pepsi MTV Wassup, TicTac College Beat and MTV Gone in 60 Seconds. Making her silver screen debut in the 2012 Telegu film Tuneega Tuneega, she would switch to Bollywood in 2013 with the comedy film Mere Dad Ki Maruti. Her next venture was Sonali Cable in 2014, where she played the lead role in a David vs Goliath story on Mumbai’s internet turf wars. Rhea hasn’t been a prolific presence in Bollywood. Her only appearances since have been in Yash Raj Film’s Bank Chor, Half Girlfriend, Doobara: See Your Evil, Jalebi and Chehre.

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The actress’ life would turn inside out in 2020, after Sushant’s suicide. Rajput’s family filed a First Information Report (FIR) with Patna Police on July 25, accusing Rhea of abetting suicide, wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, theft, criminal breach of trust, and cheating under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). As a result, the Enforcement Directorate staff questioned her on money laundering activities. Soon after, the Supreme Court of India handed over the investigation to the CBI. Without delay, the NCB arrested her on the same grounds (as filed on the charge sheet). On 6th October, a Mumbai Sessions Court extended her judicial custody to the 20th of the month. But the Bombay High Court struck down the order, granting her bail with immediate effect.