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Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty to remain in police custody until bail hearing

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty was moved to Mumbai’s Byculla Jail on Wednesday (September 9) as she awaits a bail hearing set for Thursday (September 10).

Chakraborty was, arrested on Tuesday (September 8) by India’s narcotics department, which is investigating a drugs case linked to the probe of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. She denies any wrongdoing and her lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, called the arrest “a travesty of justice”.

Mumbai police initially reported Rajput’s death on June 14 as accidental and local media called it a suicide. But the federal police agency is now investigating if there was any foul play and is questioning Rajput’s girlfriend, Chakraborty, and others.

Chakraborty has been accused of abetting suicide, criminal conspiracy and theft in a report filed by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation last month. Her brother Showik, was arrested by the agency last week.

Along the way, the story has become a media obsession in India, fed by a wave of TV coverage still swelling almost three months after Rajput, 34, was found dead in his Mumbai apartment.

Chakraborty, 28, was regularly hounded by reporters when she appeared in public, with news commentators opining on her innocence or guilt.

Rajput’s family claims she poisoned him, used black magic and is responsible for his death.

(Production: Aiden Nulty, Tanya Lezaic)

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