Updated: May 29, 2021 2:47:26 am
THE NCB on Friday arrested Siddharth Pithani, housemate and friend of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in connection with the narcotics case in which actor Rhea Chakraborty was earlier arrested by the agency.
The NCB filed a chargesheet against 33 accused in the case, including Rhea and her brother Showik Chakraborty, in March.
Following the chargesheet, Pithani is the second person to be arrested, taking the total number of arrests in the case to 35. An official said that Pithani was charged with being part of the conspiracy to supply drugs in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
The NCB said that in spite of repeated summons to Pithani to join their investigation and appear for questioning, he was absconding. “We issued notices to him but he refused to turn up at the NCB office and remained absconding,” an official said.
The NCB Mumbai then gathered intelligence about Pithani’s whereabouts and it came to light that he was in Hyderabad. Accordingly, on May 25, a team from NCB Mumbai was deputed to Hyderabad that was assisted by NCB Sub Zonal Unit at Hyderabad.
“Pithani was apprehended and his statement recorded. He was arrested under sections of the NDPS Act, 1985. He was produced before the court in Hyderabad that granted his transit warrant following which he was brought to Mumbai,” the official said.
He was produced before a court in Mumbai on Friday and remanded in NCB custody till June 1.
Pithani, who was trying to make a career in Bollywood, had been staying with Rajput for a year. He was one of the last people the actor spoke to before his death by suicide.
Pithani had been questioned several times by both the Mumbai Police and CBI for more clarity on the death of the actor after allegations of foul play had emerged.
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