Bollywood Blind Item โ€“ September 2020 โ€“ 5

The blind item below is about this young actress who is among the other actresses named in a recent investigation that has probablyย become the most-talked about controversy in recent times.

It’s not that hard to figure out that the blind item is referring to this actress since she is the only one who took action really quickly by going to court. She didn’t sit and wait for the media to go on a crazy chasing spree, she attacked as soon as her name was mentioned by a journalist on national television.

Here’s the thing, this is supposed to be a professional investigation happening behind closed doors and yet, as the investigation is going on, the media gets all the details about it. Isn’t that weird? It’s like the agency is giving them a minute by minute detail of what’s going on.

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Why? Are these leaks by paid inside sources who need money or is the agency just trying to create more noise to make people focus on their investigation by giving out information just like that to news channels?

Check out the blind item below from Mumbai Mirror. This mess is not going to be over anytime soon so unless something not important bigger happens, these journalists are not going to budge!

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A YOUNGย actor who has run into trouble with some law officers is managing quite well, with her head held high. Of course, every actor has been calling their lawyers these days, not to mention deleting their chats. But one star is particularly friendly with a major Delhi-based lawyer, several years her senior. The grapevine has it they are more than friends. Which is so lucky in both lonely and vexatious times such as these.

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Actress: Rakul Preet Singh

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Few of the many instances of such alleged fake reports, as claimed by the actress, are listed below:

1) It is alleged that on September 23, the media falsely reported that she was summoned by the NCB on the 24thย of the month.

Excerpts from the plea:

The Petitioner was shocked to see media reports in the evening of 23.9.2020 to the effect that the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai has summoned her to appear before it in Mumbai in the morning of 24.9.2020 in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Rhea Chakraborty’s narcotic drugs case.

That the Petitioner had received no such summons from the NCB at either of her Hyderabad or Mumbai addresses, and accordingly she remained in Hyderabad.

From the evening of 23.9.2020 itself, the media started running fake news to the effect that the Petitioner, who was in Hyderabad, had supposedly reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 for the NCB investigation.

The media reporters collected outside the Petitioner’s then empty residence in Mumbai in the morning of 24.9.2020, and broadcasted fake news that the Petitioner was holed up inside and “evading” the NCB summons.

The Petitioner took the flight from Hyderabad to Mumbai on the evening of 24.9.2020, which was heavily covered by the media, thereby falsifying its earlier coverage of her having reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 and supposedly hiding in her residence to dodge the NCB.

2) It is alleged that the media wrongly reported that the NCB had raided her Mumbai residence.

Excerpts from the plea:

The Petitioner’s father reached the Mumbai residence of the Petitioner. The NCB officers visited the said premises on 24.9.2020 at about 1.30 pm to serve the Summons dated 24.9.2020, which were duly received by the Petitioner’s father with endorsement that he was accepting the summons on behalf of the Petitioner who was in Hyderabad.

This visit of the NCB officers to serve the summons was run as a fake news by the media now claiming that the NCB had “raided” the Mumbai residence of the Petitioner after alleged “attempt to misguide’ and joining probe late, under the tag line “Bollywood Cleanup”.

3) It is alleged that the media falsely reported that she exchanged drugs with actress Rhea Chakraborty.

Excerpts from the plea:

Rhea Chakraborty had left her pouch by mistake at the Petitioner’s residence, which, as per the Petitioner’s understanding as a non-smoker, contained Rhea’s Chakraborty’s rolled tobacco cigarette.

Rhea Chakraborty asked the Petitioner to carry it when they were to meet next, but the Petitioner was busy shooting for a film and forgot.

On 22.9.2018, when the Petitioner was at a shoot, she got a whatsapp text from Rhea Chakraborty as to whether she has a “doobs”, to which the Petitioner said “no”, and said that it was at her place. This solitary reference to a ‘doobs” on 22.9.2018 was nothing but mere rolled tobacco cigarette and not any banned substance, and that too, of Rhea Chakraborty.

The media reported that the Petitioner has supposedly confessed to the NCB that “Rhea Chakraborty would get drugs sent to her house” or that “Rhea wanted to take back her drugs back”. The Petitioner denies that she made any such statement.

4)ย It is alleged that the media falsely reported that she implicated Dharma Productions’ employee, Kshitij Prasad.

Excerpts from the plea:

The media reported that the Petitioner has supposedly made claims on the role of Dharma employee, Kshitij Prasad to the effect that he regularly procured drugs, supplied drugs to several celebrities, gave drugs to at least 4 stars, and had approached the Petitioner to be his conduit.

The Petitioner denies making any such statement or even ‘naming’ or ‘implicating’ any Kshitji Prasad as falsely reported. The Petitioner does not even know any Kshitji Prasad.

In the backdrop of these allegations, Rakul Preet has submitted,

It is settled law that the media, even otherwise, ought not to act in a manner that is likely to hamper or interfere with a criminal investigation or cause undue publicity to a witness in such investigation. The Petitioner is entitled to a restraint order against the Respondents to ensure that the offending programmes and write ups pertaining to the allegations which are pending before the NCB in the criminal investigation are not broadcast, published, printed or circulated since the same may result in interference with the administration of justice and would be against the principle of fair trial or open justice.

The actress is represented byย Advocatesย Dr. Aman Hingorani,ย Dr. Shweta Hingoraniย andย Himanshu Yadav.

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