Drugs probe: Deepika Padukone questioned by NCB
Two other Bollywood actresses -- Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan -- are also set to appear before the probe agency on Saturday.
Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone reached the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office in south Mumbai on Saturday morning to record her statement in drugs probe linked to film star Sushant Singh Rajput's death, an official said. Two other Bollywood actresses -- Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan -- are also set to appear before the probe agency on Saturday.
Deepika arrived at the NCB guest house in Colaba, from where the central agency is operating, in a small car around 9.50 am. All three actors had been summoned by the NCB's probe team on Wednesday, officials said. The other actors are to arrive later in the day.
Mumbai: Actor Deepika Padukone arrives at Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) SIT office.— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2020
She has been summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau to join the investigation of a drug case, related to #SushantSinghRajputDeathCase. pic.twitter.com/kzxaHGvXFl
There is heavy police deployment outside the NCB office, where barricades have been put up. Media personnel have gathered in large numbers for coverage. There were reports that Deepika's husband and actor Ranveer Singh had asked the NCB if he could also remain present during her interrogation. However, the NCB had on Friday clarified that it did not receive any such request.
Deepika's manager Karishma Prakash, who was questioned by the team on Friday, has also been asked to remain present for further questioning on Saturday, another official said.
Mumbai: Karishma Prakash, actor Deepika Padukone's manager, arrives at NCB SIT office. She was summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau to join the investigation of a drug case, related to #SushantSinghRajputDeathCase. pic.twitter.com/hUvj5JfkA9— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2020
Prakash's WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one 'D' and the central agency wanted to find out who this person was, the NCB sources had said earlier. The NCB team also got important information about the case during the questioning of Rajput's talent manager Jaya Saha, the official said.
"The actors' names had surfaced during the interrogation of some accused in the case," he said.
Actors Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh's names cropped up during the questioning of Rhea Chakraborty, Rajput's girlfriend who has been arrested by the NCB in the drugs case along with over a dozen others. Rakul Preet Singh recorded her statement on Friday. She was questioned for about four hours.
Mumbai: Actor #RakulPreetSingh arrives at NCB SIT office. She was summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau to join the investigation of a drug case, related to #SushantSinghRajputDeathCase. pic.twitter.com/RnkOFyRL3C— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2020
Dharma Productions' executive producer Kshitij Ravi was also questioned by the NCB on Friday.
The NCB began the inquiry after a drug angle came to light in connection with Rajput's alleged suicide. Rajput, 34, was found hanging in his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14.