Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday recorded statements of actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan within the medicine probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life and an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus. It additionally arrested Dharma Productions’ government producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad. The company has up to now arrested at the very least 18 individuals in these instances.
While Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor have been questioned on the NCB’s zonal workplace at Ballard Estate, Padukone was questioned at a visitor home in Colaba, an official of the central company stated. Shraddha Kapoor reached the NCB workplace round 12 pm and left after six hours, whereas Sara Ali Khan reached round 1 pm and left round 5.30 pm.
Padukone was confronted together with her supervisor Karishma Prakash throughout questioning, sources stated. Padukone, who reached the visitor home round 9.50 am, left at 3.50 pm. Prakash, who had been quizzed on Friday too, was additionally allowed to go away round 3.40 pm.
The company arrested Kshitij Ravi Prasad within the medicine case linked to Rajput’s loss of life on Saturday. He had been picked up by a staff of NCB from his residence in suburban Versova on Friday morning and questioned all day at its Ballard Estate workplace. He was not seen leaving the workplace even late at evening. On Friday, NCB had additionally questioned Dharma Productions’ Anubhav Chopra in reference to movie industry-drug nexus.
In an announcement, film-maker Karan Johar had stated Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment, sister concern of Johar’s Dharma Productions, in November 2019 on a contract foundation for a venture which didn’t materialise. Chopra was briefly related along with his banner as an assistant director and labored solely on two tasks, he stated.
The NCB had earlier arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and a few suspected drug peddlers. Rajput (34), an rising Bollywood star, was discovered hanging in his condo in suburban Bandra on June 14.
According to NCB sources, Karishma Prakash’s WhatsApp chats included conversations about medicine with one ‘D’ and the central company wished to search out out who this individual was. The NCB staff additionally obtained necessary data from Rajput’s expertise supervisor Jaya Saha. Sara Ali Khan and actor Rakul Preet Singh’s names cropped up in the course of the questioning of Rhea Chakraborty. Rakul was questioned on Friday.
Meanwhile, contemplating the media frenzy across the `A-lister’ Bollywood stars who’re being questioned within the case, the Mumbai police on Saturday issued a warning that media shouldn’t interact in reckeless chases of actors’ automobiles.