Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty is back in the headlines, this time seeking suspension of a Look Out Circular (LOC) issued against her by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). However, the CBI is opposing any relief, potentially keeping her travel plans for Dubai on hold.
Chakraborty has been embroiled in a legal battle since the 2020 death of her then-boyfriend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Accused of procuring drugs for Rajput, she spent 28 days in Mumbai’s Byculla jail before being released on bail. Despite the charges, she maintains her innocence.
Seeking to travel abroad for professional commitments, Chakraborty approached the Bombay High Court requesting a suspension of the LOC. Her lawyers argued that while the CBI registered an FIR against her, they never summoned her for questioning, and the case has seen little progress in recent years.
However, the CBI, represented by advocate Shreeram Shirsat, countered the arguments. They pointed out that the FIR originated in Patna and is being investigated by the CBI in Delhi, outside the Bombay High Court’s jurisdiction. They likely feel that allowing Chakraborty to travel abroad could hamper their investigation.
The court, comprising Justices Ajay Gadkari and Shyam Chandak, enquired whether Chakraborty had travelled abroad since the case began. Her response to this enquiry could be crucial in the court’s decision. The next hearing for the case is scheduled for December 20th, keeping a watchful eye on what the future holds for the actress.
Beyond the legal matter, Chakraborty’s experience in jail remains a poignant aspect of her journey. Reflecting on her time there, she spoke about the transformative experience and the unique sense of love and resilience she found among her fellow inmates. Their ability to find happiness in simple moments despite their circumstances resonated deeply with her.
Rhea Chakraborty’s quest for travel amidst the ongoing legal proceedings remains a complex issue with layers of legal arguments and personal experiences. As the court prepares to hear the case again on December 20th, one can only wait and see whether she will be granted the freedom to travel or remain anchored in India for the foreseeable future.
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