Drug probe: Designer Simone Khambatta summoned to NCB guest house
According to an official, Khambata's name cropped up in the interrogation of some persons during the Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) investigation into the matter.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), probing into an alleged Bollywood-drug nexus, summoned fashion designer Simone Khambata for questioning on Thursday.
According to an official, Khambata's name cropped up in the interrogation of some persons during the Narcotics Control Bureau's investigation into the matter. She reached the NCB guest house at Colaba in south Mumbai around 9.30 am, the official said, PTI reported.
Mumbai: Fashion Designer Simone Khambatta arrives at Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office, for interrogation in connection with a drug case. pic.twitter.com/UJSHidmaLc— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2020
Besides Khambata, the NCB has also summoned actor Rakul Preet Singh and talent manager Shruti Modi to appear before the probe team on Thursday, he added.
Summon was issued to Rakul Preet Singh yesterday. We tried to contact her through various platforms, but she has not responded yet: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) https://t.co/K7OxDkKiJS— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2020
Rakul Preet Singh in her official statement she has "not received the alleged summons either at Mumbai or Hyderabad so far". However, NCB officials said the actress has been issued summons.
She was contacted through various platforms, including a phone number which is available with the agency. But, there has been no response from her so far, the official said. Some WhatsApp chats of the persons who were questioned earlier by the NCB suggested discussion about drugs, he said.
The NCB, which began the probe after a drugs angle came to light in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput's alleged suicide, has now widened its investigation and asked some 'A-list' celebrities of the Mumbai film industry, to "join the probe", an official said on Wednesday.
Earlier, NCB sources had claimed that there was a "reference" to Rakul Preet Singh and Sara Ali Khan in the statement of Rajput's girlfriend and actor Rhea Chakraborty, who has been arrested in the case.
The NCB on Wednesday summoned actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh, among others, for questioning.
Deepika has been called to record her statement on September 25; Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor on September 26 while Rakul Preet Singh, Rajput's talent manager Shruti Modi and designer Simone Khambata have been asked to appear on Thursday, a senior NCB official said.
Jaya Saha, a talent manager who was questioned in the case, gave some important information, he said.
Earlier, Padukone's manager Karishma Prakash was summoned to join the investigation, but she sought time due to ill health, he said, adding she was exempted from appearance till Friday.