Actor Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash has been summoned for questioning by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as the anti-drug agency widens its probe on the alleged Bollywood-drug nexus in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Apart from Ms Prakash, the CEO of the talent company where she is employed has also been asked to join the probe, officials said. Karishma Prakash is employed with KWAN talent management agency.
Along with these two, Sushant Rajput’s manager Shruti Modi and former talent manager Jaya Saha have also been summoned. Ms Saha was questioned for four hours on Monday.
The NCB arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty on September 9 after three days of questioning in the drug abuse case. She was remanded to 14-day judicial custody after her arrest. Besides Ms Chakroborty — whose judicial custody ends today — more than 12 people including her brother have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) which is investigating over drugs angle following Mr Rajput’s death on June 14.
The NCB claims that WhatsApp messages retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty’s mobile phone point out that she arranged drugs for Mr Rajput. The agency had registered a second case based on 59 grams of marijuana seized from alleged drug dealers.
Sources in the anti-drugs agency have told NDTV that the actor has named actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan during questioning in the drug case. The agency is likely to call these actors for questioning this week, they said.
“During the preliminary investigation in the first case registered based on the retrieved WhatsApp messages of Rhea Chakraborty, few other actors name have come up including Sara Ali Khan and Shradda Kapoor. Both will be asked to join the investigation this week, summons will be issued soon,” an officer involved in the investigation told NDTV.
Ms Chakraborty, who is currently housed at the Byculla Jail in Mumbai, has denied the allegations levelled by the NCB that she is an active member of a “drug syndicate”.
The NCB has so far arrested more than 12 people in connection with the probe into the drugs angle in the case of the actor’s death.