Drugs probe: NCB summons Deepika Padukone's manager, talent agency CEO
The NCB has so far arrested more than 12 people, including Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned actor Deepika Padukone's manager Karishma Prakash and a talent management agency's CEO Dhurv Chitgopekar in connection with its probe into the alleged Bollywood-drug nexus, an official said on Tuesday.
Both of them will be questioned by the NCB on Tuesday afternoon, he said. Chitgopekar is the CEO of KWAN talent management agency and Karishma Prakash is employed with the agency, the official said.
During the NCB's investigation into the drugs angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case, a wider drugs nexus in Bollywood surfaced, PTI reported.
Rajput's talent manager Jaya Saha was questioned by the NCB on Monday. During her questioning, the NCB got information about many persons allegedly having an active role in the Bollywood-drug nexus, the official said.
Some WhatsApp chats of the persons who were questioned earlier by the NCB suggested discussion about drugs, he said. The NCB has so far arrested more than 12 people, including Rajput's girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty, in connection with the probe into the drugs angle in the case of the actor's death.
Kangana Ranaut chips in
Kangana Ranaut took a potshot at Deepika Padukone on Twitter after the aforementioned developments surfaced. Kangana ridiculed Deepika’s depression awareness campaign, and said that depression was a consequence of drug abuse.
Repeat after me, depression is a consequence of drug abuse. So called high society rich star children who claim to be classy and have a good upbringing ask their manager ,” MAAL HAI KYA?” #boycottBollywoodDruggies #DeepikaPadukone https://t.co/o9OZ7dUsfG— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 21, 2020
Sharing a news clip on Twitter, Kangana wrote, “Repeat after me, depression is a consequence of drug abuse. So called high society rich star children who claim to be classy and have a good upbringing ask their manager ,” MAAL HAI KYA?” #boycottBollywoodDruggies #DeepikaPadukone.”
On Monday, it was reported that Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta will be summoned by the NCB after they were named by actor Rhea Chakraborty. NCB’s deputy director KPS Malhotra said, “Sara, Rakul, and Simone will be summoned this week.”
Narcoterrorism which is being unleashed upon us by vested interests within our nation and neighbouring countries to destroy our young population and systematically ruin our future, is one of the biggest challenges that we face today. R we ready to take it head on? #Narcoterrorism— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 21, 2020
“We have a fair idea as to who is involved in the Bollywood drug scene and (who the) Mumbai suppliers (are). The evidence is being collected before the consumers of hard drugs including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine and their suppliers are charged,”said a senior NCB official said, according to Hindustan Times.