No clean chit to Deepika, Shraddha, Sara, others: NCB
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has denied claims about giving a "clean chit" to Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and others in connection with an ongoing drugs probe related to fellow actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case. The clarification came after reports claimed the actors had been cleared by the probe agency. Here are more details on this.
"News articles regarding possible clean chit to those examined by the NCB is devoid of the facts and truth," KPS Malhotra of the agency said, adding that they were issuing "necessary rebuttal" to the concerned parties.
Deepika, Shraddha and Sara, all popular actors of Hindi films and two of them former co-stars of the late actor were questioned last week by NCB. Earlier, actor Rakul Preet Singh was also interrogated. Further, their mobile phones have been seized by the agency's officials for forensic examination. However, all of them have denied consuming drugs, reports have said.
The NCB had launched a probe in this case after another central agency investigating Sushant's death found certain WhatsApp chats that hinted at drug use. Last month, the late actor's girlfriend, 28-year-old actor-model Rhea Chakraborty was arrested. Reportedly, Deepika's name also surfaced from WhatsApp chats, while Sara and Rakul Preet were named during the questioning of the other arrested accused.
Sushant, a 34-year-old star of Hindi cinema, was found dead at his apartment in Mumbai's Bandra area on June 14. The actor killed himself and had been suffering from depression, Mumbai Police had said at the time. Later, in July, his family accused Rhea of mentally harassing him and driving him to his death. CBI and Enforcement Directorate are also probing the matter.
On September 8, following days of questioning, Rhea was arrested. Rhea, who had been dating Sushant for a year, has been booked for organizing banned substances such as marijuana for the late actor. Her brother Showik and two employees of Sushant have also been held. On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court reserved order on the bail petitions filed by Rhea and her brother.
Yesterday, KK Singh, father of Sushant, met with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna. He reportedly thanked the CM for recommending a CBI probe in his son's death case. Earlier, it was alleged by rival parties that Kumar-led government's interest in this case was to seek sympathy from Sushant's family and fans, keeping in mind the upcoming elections in the state.