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NCB summons Deepika Padukone’s manager for questioning in drugs case

So far, NCB has made 19 arrests in connection to the FIR registered to “bust the drug network in Bollywood”.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 22, 2020 2:28:37 pm
NCB summons Deepika's manager, Drugs case, bollywood drugs case, NCB investigation, Karishma Prakash, KWAN CEO, Dhruv Chitgopekar, Rhea chakraborty, Sushant Singh Rajput death case, Indian expressDeepika Padukone has been summoned by the NCB in the drug case related to Sushant Singh Rajput's death. (Photo: Instagram/deepikapadukone)

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Tuesday summoned Karishma Prakash, who is the manager of Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, and CEO of KWAN agency Dhruv Chitgopekar for questioning in connection with the drugs case related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Karishma is employed with KWAN Talent Management Agency.

On Monday, the NCB said it will issue summons to actors Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh as well as designer Simone Khambatta this week to record their statements in connection with the agency’s probe against the “drug syndicate” that supplied “narcotics to Bollywood”.

According to NCB, actor Rhea Chakraborty, arrested in the drugs case lodged in connection to the Sushant Singh Rajput death probe, had named the three women during her questioning by the agency between September 6 and 9. It did not specify in what connection Rhea had named them.

“Rakul Preet Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Simone Khambatta will be summoned this week,” NCB Deputy Director K P S Malhotra said. Officers said they are also likely to issue summons to another actor.

So far, NCB has made 19 arrests in connection to the FIR registered to “bust the drug network in Bollywood”.

This FIR is separate from another one registered against Rhea in relation to the chats that ED had found on her cellphone where she was “discussing narcotics”. In connection to that case, the NCB on Monday issued summons to Sushant’s former manager Shruti Modi and former talent manager Jaya Saha.

The agency said that Jaya will be questioned based on her chats with Rhea and other Bollywood actors. “Based on what she says during questioning about these actors, we will decide on who else to call for questioning,” an officer said.

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