Beloved Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14 in Mumbai, and his death has led to one of the biggest controversies in the industry. What started out as an investigation into the actor's alleged suicide has now turned into a drugs probe.
It all started when the late actor's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty was arrested for the procurement and consumption of marijuana by the Narcotics Control Bureau. According to media reports, sources in the NCB say that the bureau is now probing Rhea about the alleged abuse of drugs in Bollywood. Sources also claim that the investigation has led to the cropping up of a few well-known names in the industry.
According to a popular news broadcast channel, actor Deepika Padukone is to be summoned by the NCB this week. The news channel has reported that the agency has access to WhatsApp chats of the Chhapaak actor, where she is asking for 'maal' from another person, identified as 'K'. However, no official source has confirmed this information or that the actor is to be summoned.
Today, the NCB summoned Karishma Prakash, Deepika's manager, and the talent management agency's CEO, Dhurv Chitgopekar, in connection with its probe. They are to be questioned today afternoon. Sushant's talent manager, Jaya Saha, was questioned by the agency on Monday.
However, what official sources in the NCB did confirm was that actors Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh, as well as designer Simone Khambatta will be summoned by the drugs probe agency this week. Sara was Sushant's co-star in the movie Kedarnath.
NCB’s deputy director, KPS Malhotra, confirmed in a statement, saying, “Sara, Rakul, and Simone will be summoned this week.” The agency will summon the two actors and the designer under Section 67 of The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, after they were named by actor Rhea Chakraborty while she was being interrogated between September 6 and September 9 before being arrested, NCB officials said.
KPS Malhotra confirmed that Rhea had confessed these three names in her statement. However, it is still unclear as to what context their names were taken. “Their roles can’t be given right now,” said Malhotra. However, Rhea has now retracted her statement, with her lawyer saying she was coerced into making "self-incriminating confessions".
While the investigation is still ongoing, it is important to let the authorities do their job and not jump to unnecessary conclusions before a verdict is out.
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