MUMBAI: Actor Rhea Chakraborty was questioned for six-and-a-half hours on Sunday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the drug case linked to her late boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput. She will be summoned again on Monday for questioning, said an NCB officer.
On Sunday, the NCB also carried out a raid in Khar and seized banned narcotics. In another development, the NDPS court sent Chembur resident Dipesh Sawant (25), Rajput’s house manager who has also been arrested in the drug case, to NCB custody till September 9.
M A Jain, NCB deputy director, said they have seized 590gm hashish, 0.6gmLSD sheets, 304gm marijuana, including imported joints and capsules, over Rs 1.9 lakh in cash and 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah in the raid.
The seizure came after the NCB questioned Anuj Keshwani. “His name had come up during the interrogation of Kaizan Ebrahim. The quantity of LSD that has been recovered is commercial quantity under the NDPS Act,” said Jain.
NCB sources said that Ebrahim had disclosed that Keshwani was his supplier for the contraband. When asked about Rhea’s questioning and the outcome, Jain did refused to comment on it.
In the morning, Sameer Wankhede, the NCB served a summon to Rhea at her Santacruz residence. Sources said she was quizzed based on the findings that the arrested persons , including her brother Showik, had revealed about the supply of drugs and if she ever consumed it.
The NCB has so far arrested eight people — Abbas Lakhani, Karan Arora Zaid Vilatra, Basit Parihar, Ebrahim, Samuel Miranda, Showik and Sawant. Sawant, in his ‘voluntary statement’ to NCB, had said that on March 17, as per Showik’s instructions, he went with Miranda to receive the delivery of 0.5gm contraband Bandra from Viltara.
Rhea’s lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, issued a statement on her behalf, which said: “Rhea is ready for arrest as this is a witch hunt and if loving someone is a crime, she will face the consequences of her love. Being innocent, she has not approached any court for anticipatory bail in all the cases foisted by Bihar Police now with CBI, ED and NCB.”
In a related development, the CBI questioned Meetu Singh, Rajput’s sister, on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sushant Singh Rajput’s family’s briefing lawyer Varun Singh on Sunday said if Rhea is not able to give comprehensive answers to the probe agencies, there is a likelihood of her getting arrested.
On being asked about the charge that Rhea’s family is making that they are being subjected to vilification by the media, Singh said: “I do not know if this vilification or some kind of support. Till now, there are three cases that have been registered. No steps thus far have been taken in front of any court of law to prove that why they are innocent,” he said.