SSR case: Rhea's brother, Samuel Miranda arrested by NCB
Actor Rhea Chakraborty's brother Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda, a former housekeeping manager of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The formal process of arresting the two was underway and has now been completed, reports ANI. The NCB is probing an alleged drug abuse angle in Sushant's death case. Here are more details.
Earlier today, NCB raided their homes
Earlier today, a team of the NCB had searched the houses of Miranda and the Chakraborty family, who are all accused in the death of the 34-year-old actor. Thereafter, the anti-drug probe agency took Showik and Miranda for questioning to its Mumbai office. The agency has reportedly found out that they were a part of a larger drug cartel involved in trading banned substances.
NCB searches took place around 6:30 am today
The drug searches, conducted at the houses of Miranda and Chakraborty family, began around 6:30 am today. The raids were conducted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Thereafter, Miranda and Showik were taken for questioning.
NCB had found links between Showik and arrested drug dealer
The searches this morning were carried out after the NCB established links between Showik and alleged drug dealer, Zaid Vilatra. Vilatra, who was arrested on Wednesday, is believed to be involved in the supply of drugs to high-end party circles of Mumbai. According to reports, Vilatra supplied drugs to Showik and Miranda, and they were introduced by another drug peddler named Abdel Basit Parihar.
However, Rhea has denied all allegations against her
The NCB had started investigating the involvement of drugs in this case, after WhatsApp chats accessed by another probe agency revealed that Rhea was in touch with drug dealers. However, Rhea, who is the prime accused in the death of Sushant, has claimed that she never consumed drugs. She also said Sushant was addicted to marijuana and she had tried to curb his consumption.
Sushant died in June. Police called it suicide
Sushant was found dead at his home in Mumbai on June 14. Mumbai Police had said it was suicide. A special team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been tasked with probing the circumstances that led to the actor's untimely death. Rhea Chakraborty and her family members have been accused of mental harassment, money laundering and abetment to the actor's alleged suicide.