Rakul Preet Singh moves Delhi High Court against media trial after reports linking her to drug case
The Delhi High Court on Thursday has issued notices to the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Prasar Bharati, News Broadcasters Association (NBA) including the Press Council of India (PCI) after actress Rakul Preet Singh moved the court alleging that a 'media trial' was being held in a drug investigation related to late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case. Reports earlier stated that Rakul Preet was named by actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend at the time of his death, during an investigation conducted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) into a drugs angle related to the death of Sushant Singh's case.
The HC issued a notice in Rakul’s petition against “unsubstantiated” media reports against her in connection with the drug case. Rakul, in her argument, stated that media reports have been carried out in violation of the guidelines of the I&B Ministry. Addressing the issue, the Delhi Court said, "It is hoped that media houses and TV channels would show restraint and abide by the Program Code and other guidelines while making any report in connection with Rakul,". It further added stating, "Even if action is taken against one channel, it will send a message to others." Rakul, during her submission before the Delhi HC, stated that she had come to know that her name had been mentioned in the case only via TV channels, Bar and Bench said.
Rhea Chakraborty was arrested on September 8 on drug-related charges in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, which is currently being investigated by the NCB, ED and CBI. Up until now, 16 people, including Rhea, have been arrested. Among the others who have been arrested include members of Rajput’s household staff, Samuel Miranda and Dipesh Sawant, Rhea’s brother Showik Chakraborty and six alleged drug peddlers. Both Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik have been remanded in judicial custody till September 22, with Samuel Miranda, Dipesh Sawant and alleged drug peddlers Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar also in judicial custody.
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