The Bollywood industry has been hit really hard by the on-going drugs probe in late actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case where a lot of A-listed celebrity names have come under Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) scanner. Now, trying hard to bust the alleged Bollywood-drug nexus, the apex drug law enforcement agency has rolled summons to actresses Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh over their links to illegal substances.
Rhea’s fashion designer friend Simone Kambhatta has also been summoned by NCB in connection with its drug probe.
As per reports, Deepika Padukone, whose name has recently cropped up in drug case after her WhatsApp drug chats with her talent manager Karishma Prakash came into light, will appear before the probe agency on September 25 for questioning.
While, Rakul Preet and Simone Kambhatta will appear before NCB on September 24, whereas Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan are reportedly asked to reach NCB Mumbai head office on September 26. So far, the Narcotics agency has arrested prime accused in SSR’s death case and his live-in partner Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda, staffer Dipesh Sawant and 10 drug-peddlers under several NDPS charges.
The celebrity drug cartel came into public eyes after Rhea’s WhatsApp drug chats were recovered by Enforcement Directorate which roped in NCB into the alleged drug angle connected to SSR’s death case. Later, in her 3 days interrogation Rhea not only confessed procuring drugs for her late boyfriend Sushant but also gave out a list of 15 Bollywood celebrities reportedly involved in drugs including Sushant’s ‘Kedarnath’ co-star Sara, Rakul Preet and Simone, who all allegedly used to come to Rajput’s Pawna farmhouse drug parties.
A boatman from Pawna island farmhouse also admitted to have ferried Sara, Shraddha Kapoor and Rhea Chakraborty to these drug parties. A video of Sara and Sushant smoking reportedly during the shoot of their movie ‘Kedarnath’ had also made its way to the internet, which had created a lot of buzz.
Deepika Padukone’s name, however, surfaced into this drug scandal after her chats with her manager Karishma Prakash from Kwan talent management agency were accessed, where the actress could be seen specifically asking Karishma for ‘hash’ and not ‘weed’. These WhatsApp messages were found on Karishma’s phone taking place between one “D” and “K” on banned drugs.
This startling revelation was made as SSR’s talent manager Jaya Saha from same firm was interrogated by the NCB for 2 days over her leaked chat with Rhea where she was instructing the ‘Jalebi’ actress to add 2-3 drops of CDB oil in Sushant’s drink and wait till it kicks in within 15-20 mins. The CEO of the KWAN firm Dhruv Chitgopekar was also summoned for questioning by the investigating from on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, reportedly, SSR’s talent manager Jaya Saha also shared her last conversation with SSR on June 5, few days before his demise. In her statement she alleged that it was purely professional and she had called him for a film project. She also shared her meeting with Sushant from March 2020, where she mentioned that the late actor was not keeping well and would often start walking, go inside the bedroom, and then return back. On professional front, Jaya Saha had helped Sushant with films like ‘Drive’, ‘Kedarnath’, ‘Sonchiriya’, ‘Dil Bechara’, ‘Chhichhore’ and several other big movies. Jaya not only got SSR his last movie but also helped him get 21 endorsements. Jaya has also been questioned by the ED over money related probe.
So, far, the prime accused in SSR’s case, Rhea Chakraborty, is currently under judicial custody with NCB after she was arrested by the agency on September 8 over several NDPS charges and had been granted 14-days judicial custody by the court which was to end on Tuesday but a NDPS court, however, extended her custody till October 6. Her bail pleas too have been rejected by the Magistrate and session court of Mumbai and her fresh bail application which was to be addressed today by the Bombay High Court has also been deferred for hearing on September 24 due to heavy rainfall in the city.