Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty has been sent to jail for allegedly buying drugs for her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sushant Singh Rajput, aged 34, was found dead in his flat in Mumbai on 14 June. Police said he had killed himself.
His family, however, registered a police complaint against Chakraborty, accusing her of abetment to suicide.
She is yet to comment but denied any wrongdoing in earlier statements.
Chakraborty spent the night at the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) office in Mumbai after she was arrested by the agency on Tuesday. She was moved to a women’s jail on Wednesday morning.
Chakraborty’s brother, Showik, and Rajput’s former house manager, Samuel Miranda, were also arrested last week within the same drugs case. But the charges against them have not been revealed.
All three are reportedly accused of organizing and financing Rajput’s alleged consumption of cannabis. The case is connected to the investigation into Rajput’s death.
The NCB asked the court to detain Chakraborty for further questioning while describing her as a part of an “active drug syndicate”.
A magistrate rejected her bail plea and remanded her to judicial custody until 22 September.
While being arrested, Chakraborty was seen wearing a T-shirt with the words, “rose is red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you”. Soon, the words were being shared on social media by Bollywood stars, influencers, and ordinary citizens during a show of support.
Chakraborty’s is that the most high-profile arrest in reference to a case that has captivated and polarised India in recent months. Primetime newscast covered every development, turning Rajput and Chakraborty’s personal lives into subjects of debate.
Many of the news channels are accused of misogyny in their coverage of the case.
Chakraborty and Rajput began dating within the summer of 2019, consistent with reports and moved in together in December. On 8 June, every week before Rajput’s death, Chakraborty visited stick with her parents and wasn’t home when the actor died.
After his death, reports within the press suggested that he had been handling psychological state issues.
But within days, the main target shifted to Chakraborty and therefore the 28-year-old upcoming actress soon found herself at the center of a storm of allegations, conspiracy theories, rumors, and unconfirmed reports.
The media attention intensified after Rajput’s father registered a complaint against her. He denied that his son had any psychological state issues and accused Chakraborty of stealing his son’s money, among other allegations.
For months, Chakraborty has been trolled on social media. She’s been called names like “fortune huntress” and “mafia moll”, and has been accused of getting Rajput hooked into drugs and driving him to suicide.
The actress has approached the Supreme Court over what she says is an “unfair media trial” and has issued her own statement and given TV interviews, denying all the fees against her.
She has also issued a plea to Home Minister Amit Shah for a good investigation into Rajput’s death.