In a big development on Monday, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Rhea Chakraborty for her alleged role in drug procurement to Sushant Singh Rajput. On the third day of the interrogation by NCB, Rhea admitted that she was consuming not just marijuana but also hard drugs. Not only this, but she was also selling the chemicals. As per the top sources, she was procuring drugs along with her brother Showik Chakraborty. Now, NCB will seek for Rhea and Showik’s judicial custody. However, she has applied for a bail plea and NCB will be opposing the bail plea. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case: CBI, AIIMS Medical Board to Meet on Tuesday, September 22
She has been charged under sections 8 (c), 27 (a), 28 and 29 of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty Admits to Consuming Drugs, Was 'Tutored' To Deny Drug Consumption Allegations
Here are what does the sections mean and their punishment that are pressed against Rhea Chakraborty:
Section 8(c) in The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985:
The section 8(c) of the NDPS Act states that produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import inert-state, import into India, export from India or tranship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance, except for medical and scientific purposes requires a license or permit by the concerned authorities. It also prohibits the cultivation of the cannabis plant and the production, possession, use, consumption, purchase, sale, transport, warehousing, import inter-state and export inter-state of ganja for any purpose. Also Read - SSR Case-Drug Angle: Four NCB Members And One Accused Test Positive For COVID-19
Punishment: Punishable with rigorous imprisonment which shall not be less than ten years which may extend to twenty years and shall also be liable for fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees but may extend to two lakh rupees.
Section 20(b) in The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985:
The act reads, “produces, manufactures, possesses, sells, purchases, transports, imports inter-State, exports inter-State or uses cannabis, shall be punishable.”
Punishment: Punishable with rigorous imprisonment which shall not be less than ten years and fine which may extend to one lakh rupees.
Section 27(a) in The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985:
The NDPS act pertains to the consumption of any narcotic drug r psychotropic substance. This particular section prescribes the punishment for a person consuming a narcotic drug or psychotropic substance that includes cocaine, morphine, diacetylmorphine or any other narcotic drug/psychotropic substance.
Punishment: Punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to one year or a fine may extend to twenty thousand rupees.
Section 28 in The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985:
The Act provides for punishment for any offender slapped with the NDPS Act.
Section 29 in The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985:
The act lays out the punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy. It states that anyone who abets or is a party to a criminal conspiracy shall be punishable with the prescribed penalty provided for the offence.
The NCB had earlier said that with these arrests, it hopes to “uproot the drugs citadel in Bollywood and Mumbai” amidst talk of several other Bollywood personalities coming on the agency’s radar.