Mumbai: Actress Rhea Chakraborty’s name was in the air related to a drug case and the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. She has got a sigh of relief as a special court in Mumbai on Wednesday allowed her to land in Abu Dhabi for four days to participate in the IIFA award show.
Special Judge AA Joglekar directed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the prosecuting agency, to give a passport to Ms Chakraborty.
The court has imposed some conditions on Ms Chakraborty during her visit and stay in Abu Dhabi. The court urged her to appear before the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi daily to mark her attendance, submit her itinerary to the NCB and resurrender her passport to the NCB once she returns to India.
Ms Chakraborty’s advocate, Nikhil Maneshinde, told the court that the actress has been invited by the International Indian Film Academy’s (IIFA) director to walk the green carpet, present an award and also host an interaction.
The criminal prosecution has given a bad name to Ms Chakraborty and marred her film acting career as well. She has to face financial losses. The opportunity to perform on such a large stage like the IIFA award show will certainly improve her chances of breaking into the film industry again.
She was arrested in the drug case in September 2020 and got bail from the Bombay High Court after a month of her arrest.
Besides Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty and several others were accused in that drug case. Most of them have got bail.
The NCB has been investigating drug use in Bollywood following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2020. The young actor died in his Bandra apartment on June 14, 2020.