She was questioned for 6 hours on Saturday by the Mobile phones of actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, and Rakul Preet Singh are among those seized by the Narcotics Control Bureau in its probe into allegations of substance abuse in Bollywood triggered by the death of film star Sushant Singh Rajput.
Ms. Padukone, one among the most important names within the Hindi movie industry, was questioned for 6 hours on Saturday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai. She was summoned, alongside actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan.
The NCB has also seized phones of talent manager Jaya Saha and dressmaker Simone Khambatta and sent them for forensic examination within the case that has relied on recovered chat messages and has not led to the invention of any contraband thus far.
Ms. Padukone was questioned at the Evelyn Guest House in Mumbai’s Colaba, where the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Special Investigation Team has found out a base. Ms. Kapoor and Ms. Khan were also questioned separately at the NCB’s Ballard Estate office.
The probe into Bollywood’s drugs links started with actor Rhea Chakraborty’s questioning, three months after Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai home on Flag Day. The investigation, involving multiple agencies, has captivated the state, throwing up almost daily twists and wild speculation and campaigns on social media.
Sources within the Narcotics Control Bureau, whose mandate is to travel after larger drug cartels and not individual consumers, have said the agency was summoning Bollywood A-listers to know the network of supply through alleged consumers.
The actors haven’t been named as accused in any drugs probe case, and are only being questioned, agency sources have specified.
During her questioning before arrest on September 9, Rhea Chakraborty reportedly named stars, including Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh, in reference to drug use. Her lawyer has denied this claim.
Sara Ali Khan was also Sushant Singh Rajput’s co-star within the film “Kedarnath”; Sushant Rajput developed the drugs habit while shooting the film, consistent with Rhea Chakraborty’s bail petition before the Bombay supreme court.
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