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Sushant Singh Rajput death | Narcotics Control Bureau questions Rhea Chakraborty for six hours

Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty leaves the Narcotics Control Bureau office in Mumbai on September 6, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday questioned Rhea Chakraborty as part of the probe into the drug angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. She has been summoned again on Monday.

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Rhea was questioned for about six hours. It is not yet clear if she was confronted with some other suspects.

In the same case, the Mumbai zonal unit of the NCB on Sunday conducted another raid, resulting in the seizure of 590 gm of hashish, 0.64 gm of LSD sheets (commercial quantity), 304 gm of marijuana and capsules, besides over ₹1.85 lakh in cash and 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah.

“One person, Anuj Keshwani, from whose possession the drugs were seized, is being examined. His name was revealed during Kaizan Ibrahim’s interrogation,” said an NCB official.

On Saturday, the agency had arrested Dipesh Sawant, who worked as a housekeeper for Sushant. He was produced in a court that sent him to the NCB custody till September 9.

Rhea’s brother Showik and Sushant’s housekeeping manager Samuel Miranda are already in the agency’s custody for alleged procurement of drugs.

The agency has invoked various provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against the accused.

Also read: Sushant’s housekeeper Dipesh Sawant held in drug case

Dipesh was earlier confronted with Showik and Samuel, besides alleged drug peddlers Kaizan Ibrahim and Zaid Vilatra.

The agency made the arrests in the Sushant case after it got leads during the searches in a separate case in the last week of August. Two persons, Abbas Ramzan Ali Lakhani and Karn Arora, were initially arrested for allegedly possessing curated marijuana.

Further probe led the NCB officials to Zaid, whose contact Basit Parihar was also arrested. During questioning, Basit allegedly disclosed that he procured drugs from Zaid and Kaizan at Showik’ s instance and that he was also in touch with Samuel.

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Drug syndicate

According to the agency, Basit was an active member of a drug syndicate which is linked to several “high-profile” personalities and drug suppliers. He paid and received money via credit cards, cash and online payment gateways.

Some persons under the NCB scanner are currently absconding.

Also read: Sushant case: NCB quizzes housekeeping manager, Rhea’s brother

CBI probe

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing the allegations of abetment of suicide, criminal conspiracy, cheating, breach of trust, theft, wrongful restraint and confinement.

The Enforcement Directorate is yet to conclude its investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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