Bollywood actors summoned by NCB over alleged drugs nexus
NEW DELHI | SEPT 24, 2020:
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh for questioning in an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus.
NCB's Deputy Director (Operations) K P S Malhotra has informed that Deepika Padukone has been summoned on 25th September while Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan will record their statements on the next day. Rakul Preet will have to appear before the agency tomorrow.
The development comes days after Padukone's manager Karishma Prakash was summoned to join the investigation, but she has been exempted from appearance until Friday. Prakash's WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one 'D', and the agency is keen to find the person's identity.
NCB is currently probing a drugs angle that came to light in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput's alleged suicide case. The NCB has already arrested actor Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother and a dozen others for alleged procurement and use of drugs.
Meanwhile, earlier today, NCB quizzed Madhu Mantena, co-producer of 2016 Bollywood film 'Udta Punjab' which dealt with the issue of drug menace. His name had allegedly cropped up during the questioning of Rajput's talent manager Jaya Saha.