Kannada actor couple Diganth, Aindrita quizzed by police in drugs case
After arresting actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani for their alleged involvement in supply of drugs, now film couple Diganth and Aindrita Ray were quizzed by the Central Crime Branch in connection with the drug abuse in the Kannada film industry.
Actor-couple Diganth Machale and Aindrita Ray were questioned for four hours on Wednesday by the Central Crime Branch in connection with the drug abuse in the Kannada film industry.
The two, who were summoned by the CCB, will be asked to appear again for further inquiry at a later date, Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil told reporters.
"In connection with this case (drug case), we had summoned Digant and Aindrita Ray.. they had appeared for the inquiry. A detailed inquiry was done and we got lots of information," he said.
Speaking to reporters after being questioned by CCB officials, Diganth said the probe in the case was in progress and he and his wife were cooperating with the investigation.
"We will come (again to appear before CCB) if we are summoned," the actor said.
Diganth had made his debut with the Kannada film 'Miss California' in 2006 and has acted in a number of movies since.
Aindrita Ray started her career in Kannada film industry with the movie 'Meravanige'. She is best known for her performance in the movie 'Manasaare,' in which she played the role of a mentally challenged girl.
Meanwhile, an African national identified as Benald Udenna, who allegedly supplied drugs to rave parties in the city, has been arrested.
"He (Udenna) is an important peddler who supplied drugs to these (rave) parties," Patil said.
He has been taken into police custody.
Among those arrested in the case so far are a foreign national believed to have supplied drugs, Loum Pepper Samba, and a party organiser, Viren Khanna.
The CCB has registered two cases in connection with a drug racket involving the film industry at the Cottonpet police station.
Actor Ragini Dwivedi was among the first to be arrested - suspected to be involved in supply of drugs - and is in judicial custody. Another actor, Sanjjanaa Galrani, also thought to be involved in the parties, was arrested last week and is in police custody. While the police is on the lookout for at least seven more.
On Tuesday, a property belonging to the family of Aditya Alva, the son of late Karnataka politician Jeevaraj Alva, was searched by the police who believe parties were held there - and that drugs were available at those parties. Aditya Alva has not yet been arrested and his whereabouts are unknown.
Alva, who is absconding, allegedly used to host rave parties in his sprawling bungalow spread over four acres overseeing the majestic and scenic Hebbal lake of Bengaluru, police sources said.
The CCB took up the investigation after the Narcotics Control Bureau recently arrested three people, including a woman, with a huge cache of synthetic drugs.
(With PTI inputs)