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NCB to summon Rakul Preet Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Simone Khambatta in drugs case this week

Actor Rhea Chakraborty, who is currently in Byculla women’s jail, had named a few Bollywood celebrities during the course of investigation, the NCB had said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 22, 2020 2:09:22 am
Bollywood actors Sara Ali Khanm, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta.

THE NARCOTICS Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday said they will be issuing summons to actors Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and designer Simone Khambatta during this week.

The three will be called in to record their statements in connection with the NCB probe against the “drug syndicate” that supplied “narcotics to Bollywood.” The NCB had claimed that actor Rhea Chakraborty had named them in her statement before the agency. The NCB said they were also likely to issue summons to another actor.

NCB Deputy Director KPS Malhotra said, “ Rakul Preet Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Simone Khambatta will be summoned this week.” As per NCB, Chakraborty during her interrogation by the NCB between September 6 and 9 mentioned the names of the trio. The NCB did not specify in what connection the names of the trio had been mentioned by Chakraborty who is currently in Byculla jail.

Further, the NCB will be seeking one day remand of Rhea’s brother Showik and Sushant Singh Rajput’s cook Dipesh Sawant to question them “ regarding new facts that have been discovered in the investigation”, an NCB officer said.

So far the agency has made 19 arrests in relation to the FIR registered to “bust the drug network in bollywood”. This FIR is separate from the one registered against Rhea in connection with the chats that ED had found on her phone where she was “discussing narcotics”. In connection with that case – FIR no 15/20 – the NCB on Monday had issued summons to Rajput’s former manager Shruti Modi and former talent manager Jaya Saha. The agency said that based on the chats that Saha had with Chakraborty and other Bollywood actors she will be questioned.

“Based on what she says during questioning about these bollywood actors, we will decide on who else to call for questioning,” an officer said.

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