Rhea names Sara Ali, Rakul Preet in drugs case: Reports
Bollywood actors Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh consumed banned drugs, fellow actor Rhea Chakraborty has told the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) during interrogation, reports have claimed. Rhea, who is currently in a 14-day judicial custody of the NCB, has also named designer Simone Khambatta, publicist Rohini Iyer and filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra in her statement. Here are more details.
NCB probing drugs angle in Sushant Rajput's death
The NCB is investigating a drugs case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death by alleged suicide in June. Rhea, who had been dating Sushant for a year before his death, was arrested for procuring banned substances. Her brother Showik, two staff members of Sushant, and two alleged drug peddlers were also arrested by the central anti-drug agency.
Sara, Sushant were reportedly in a relationship
Sara Ali Khan, daughter of actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, had made her acting debut opposite Sushant with the film Kedarnath in 2018. It has been reported that the two were earlier in a relationship and had also traveled to Thailand together.
15-25 film celebrities reportedly involved in dealing of drugs
According to reports, 15-25 Bollywood celebrities, including high-profile actors, directors and casting directors, have been named by the accused. These people are allegedly involvement in the procurement, consumption and dealing of banned drugs, and will likely be summoned by the NCB in the next few days. A meeting headed by KPS Malhotra of the NCB was also recently held in Delhi in this regard.
Rhea, others booked under the NDPS Act 1985
Notably, Rhea, her brother, and the other accused have been booked under the Sections 8(c), 20(b)(ii), 22, 27A, 28, and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. The anti-drug agency has found that the accused had been procuring and paying for banned substances such as marijuana, and were also in touch with a number of drug dealers.
A Mumbai court denied bail to Rhea and others yesterday
Meanwhile, Rhea, who has claimed innocence, was denied bail by a special court in Mumbai on Friday. The bail pleas of her brother and four other accused were also rejected. All the six accused will now remain in judicial custody until September 22. Rhea's lawyer has, however, said that they might soon approach the Bombay High Court for bail.
A brief about Sushant Rajput's death case
Sushant, a 34-year-old star of Hindi movies, was found dead at his apartment in Mumbai's Bandra on June 14. At the time, Mumbai Police had said it was suicide and revealed that the actor had been suffering from depression. The CBI is currently investigating the circumstances that led to Sushant's death. Separately, Enforcement Directorate is probing a money laundering case related to his death.