Kolkata: The Congress Party in West Bengal organised a rally in support of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty who was arrested under drug probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
The party on Saturday took to its Twitter handle and said, “Political conspiracy and vindictive behaviour against Rhea Chakraborty, the daughter of Bengal, will not be tolerated.”
বাংলার মেয়ে রিয়া চক্রবর্তীর উপর রাজনৈতিক অভিসন্ধি ও প্রতিহিংসামূলক আচরণ বরদাস্ত করা হবে না।
উক্ত দাবি নিয়ে আজ পশ্চিমবঙ্গ প্রদেশ কংগ্রেসের সভাপতি অধীর রঞ্জন চৌধুরীর নির্দেশানুসারে প্রদেশ কংগ্রেস দপ্তর থেকে ওয়েলিংটন মোড় পর্যন্ত প্রতিবাদ কর্মসূচী গ্রহন করা হয়। pic.twitter.com/rXKW4knBMS
— West Bengal Congress (@INCWestBengal) September 12, 2020
The protest which was took out to support the actress has added fuel to the political row over the case. Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar has constantly demanded to let the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) to take over the case from the Mumbai Police after Sushant’s father filed a First Information Report (FIR) in Patna aginst Rhea.
“The protest rally was taken out from provincial Congress office to Wellington junction on the instructions of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, president of the West Bengal Congress,” the party tweeted.
At present, the 28-year-old actress is in Byculla jail. The lower court rejected the plea to grant her bail after hearing the arguments from the her and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
In Bihar, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Tuesday stated that Rhea’s arrest by the NCB was “an important step” for prevailing justice to the late actor.
The Janata Dal (United)-BJP allaince also slammed Rhea when she filed FIR against Sushant’s sisters. They also questioned the support which was allegedly provided to her by Uddhav Thackeray’s government in Maharashtra.
BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand stated to PTI, “In the (Shiv) Sena mouthpiece Saamna, (Sanjay) Raut had been coming out in support of (Rhea) Chakraborty and making appalling observations about the bereaved family of (Sushant Singh) Rajput. This shows that the Shiv Sena did not want that the truth be out in the case, for reasons it knows better,” was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Congress Party, Manoj Chakraborty alleged that Rhea’s arrest is connected was connected to the politics in Bihar. He questioned, “Was it orchestrated by the centre with an eye on the Bihar polls?”
The leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, Adhur Ranjan Chowdhury said that Sushant was an Indian actor but the BJP has turned him into a Bihari actor only for political gains in future.
He said, “Rhea Chakraborty has been indicted not for abetment of suicide or murder or any economic offences; she has been arrested under NDPS, ludicrous.”
According to sources, the NCB didn’t want to take Rhea into custody as it could have ‘weaken’ her confession. The NCB stated to the court that the confessions made by Rhea was before the time when she was taken under custody.
Although, Rhea’s legal team has challenged the confessions made by her and said that the questioning done by the agency over three days for eight hours was like custodial interrogation.