Rhea Chakraborty summoned by NCB; asked to join drug probe
Actor Rhea Chakraborty was served summons by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday morning in connection with the drug investigation following actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. Earlier on Saturday, the NCB had arrested Rajput's personal staff Dipesh Sawant. Chakraborty's brother Showik and Sushant's house manager Samuel Miranda have also been arrested by the agency. Here are more details.
NCB team reached Chakraborty's residence Sunday morning
An NCB team arrived at Chakraborty's Mumbai residence Sunday morning to serve the summons. KPS Malhotra, NCB Deputy Director, was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times, "She has to join investigation today. It depends on her if she wants to come on her own or she can come with the team." The NCB said that Chakraborty will be confronted with her brother and Miranda.
Rajput was found hanging at Mumbai flat in June
After Rajput was found hanging at his Mumbai home on June 14, his family filed an FIR in Patna against his girlfriend, Chakraborty, for abetting the alleged suicide. The family accused Chakraborty of illegally transferring Rs. 15 crore from Rajput's account. The Enforcement Directorate then launched a money-laundering probe, during which, WhatsApp chats between Chakraborty, Miranda, and others indicated drug use.
NCB registered case on August 26
Following the emergence of the drug angle in the 34-year-old actor's death, the NCB registered a case on August 26. The case was registered under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, naming Chakraborty, Showik, talent manager Jaya Saha, Sushant's co-manager Shruti Modi, and Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya. Rajput's personal staff Dipesh Sawant has also been arrested by the NCB.
Showik, Miranda remanded to NCB's custody till September 9
On Friday, the NCB arrested Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda after the agency obtained adequate evidence against them in the drug probe. The two have been remanded to the agency's custody till September 9.
Showik, Miranda to be interrogated; confronted with other accused
Showik was arrested after the NCB found that he used to order drugs from Abdel Basit Parihar, another accused in the case who has been arrested and sent to the agency's custody till September 9. The NCB will reportedly interrogate Showik and Miranda and confront them with other arrested accused. They will also be grilled over the information obtained from their electronic devices.