Mumbai court allows Rhea Chakraborty, accused in drugs case, to travel to Abu Dhabi for IIFA Awards

A special NDPS court in Mumbai permitted actor Rhea Chakraborty to travel to Abu Dhabi for four days to attend the IIFA awards

Bhavna UchilUpdated: Wednesday, June 01, 2022, 11:30 PM IST
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Mumbai: A special court under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on Wednesday permitted actor Rhea Chakraborty, accused in the drugs case related to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, to travel to Abu Dhabi for an IIFA event.

Rhea had made an application before the court through her lawyer Satish Maneshinde seeking a return of her passport which has been deposited with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as part of her bail conditions so that she can travel abroad. The plea also sought that she be permitted to travel abroad. Appearing for her, her lawyer told the court that she had been invited by the director and co-founder of IIFA to walk the green carpet, give away an award and also host an interaction. Her plea before the court stated that due to the case and attending circumstances she had already suffered significant setbacks to her acting career as well as financial losses. Hence, it said, that opportunities such as these are extremely important for her future prospects at the film industry. Her lawyer also told the court that she had been religiously attending court dates as per her bail conditions and her travel will not hamper the proceedings.

The court in its order directed the agency’s investigating officer to hand over her passport and also permitted her to travel to Abu Dhabi from today (Thursday) to Sunday. Among the conditions of her order are that she report to the Indian Embassy everyday of her stay and submit the attendance sheet before the court after her return on Monday. It has also directed her to deposit an additional cash security of Rs. 1 lakh with the court treasury.

Rhea was arrested on Sep 8, 2020. After her bail was rejected by the special court, she got relief from the Bombay High Court after nearly a month of her arrest.

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