Intl desk, Sept 24: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is probing an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus, has summoned actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khanand Rakul Preet Singh for questioning, an official said on Wednesday.
The NCB, which began the probe after a drugs angle came to light in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide, has now widened its investigation and asked these ‘A-list’ celebrities to “join the probe”, he said.
Their names came up during the interrogation of some persons who were questioned earlier in the case, he said.
Jaya Saha, a talent manager who was questioned in the case, gave some important information, the NCB official said.
Earlier, Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash was summoned to join the investigation, but she sought time due to ill health, he said, adding she was exempted from appearance till Friday.
Prakash’s WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one ‘D’, NCB sources said, adding that the agency wanted to find out who this person was.
The NCB has already arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty, Rajput’s girlfriend, for alleged procurement and use of drugs.
On Wednesday, film producer Madhu Mantena arrived at the NCB guest house here to record his statement.
Actors Deepika Padukone and Shraddha Kapoor have been summoned for questioning based on WhatsApp chats from 2017 involving drugs, sources have told NDTV. These chats were found on the mobile phone of talent agent Jaya Saha, who has been questioned in an escalating drugs probe linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput death investigations.
Jaya Saha was a former talent manager of Sushant Singh Rajput, a 34-year-old actor who was found dead at his Mumbai apartment on June 14. She was among the many questioned after WhatsApp messages retrieved from the phone of Sushant Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty revealed conversations on procuring drugs.
In chat transcripts accessed by NDTV, two persons have a conversation about procuring hash and they were allegedly Deepika Padukone and her business manager Karishma Prakash. The chat, which is on a group, is from October 28, 2017, around 10 PM.
Deepika Padukone’s WhatsApp chat:
Deepika Padukone: K… maal you have?
Karishma: I have but at home… I am in Bandra
Karishma: I can ask Amit if you want
Deepika Padukone: Yes!!!
Deepika Padukone: Plleeeseeeeee
Karishma: Amit has he is carrying it
Deepika Padukone: Hash na
Deepika Padukone: Not weed
Karishma: Yes hash
Karishma: What time are you coming to koko?
Deepika Padukone: 11.30/12 ish?
Deepika Padukone: Till what time is Shal there?
Karishma: I think she said 11.30 because she needs to be at the other place by 12
Two more prominent actors, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh, have also been summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau. Their names allegedly came up during the questioning of actor Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend, who was arrested on September 9 on charges of arranging drugs for him.
There has been no seizure of drugs in the case so far.
Rhea Chakraborty was arrested in a separate case registered after 59 grams of marijuana was seized during searches in Mumbai, which were also linked to the Sushant Rajput probe.
Source: News Agencies and NDTV