Actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan may be called for questioning this week in the widening drugs probe linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death investigations, sources say.
Their names reportedly came up during the questioning of actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested on September 9 on charges of organizing drugs for her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sources say the Narcotics Control Bureau may put out summons to these actors later this week in connection with a case registered by the federal agency based on alleged WhatsApp messages retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty’s mobile phone.
The agency had registered a second case based on 59 grams of marijuana seized from alleged drug dealers. Besides Rhea Chakraborty, the others arrested earlier this month were her brother Showik Chakraborty, two employees of Sushant Singh Rajput and alleged drug dealers who have been linked to Bollywood.
Rhea Chakraborty was questioned for three days before her arrest on charges of arranging drugs for Sushant Rajput, and had reportedly named some stars in connection with drugs use.
“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 sources.
The agency has today summoned Sushant’s manager Shruti Modi and former talent manager Jaya Saha in the same case.
Sushant Singh Rajput, a 34-year-old Bollywood star, was found dead at his Mumbai home on June 14. What began as a suicide investigation became a larger probe by the CBI after the actor’s family accused his last girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty of exploiting him for money, medicating him and playing a role in his death.
The drugs inquiry started after WhatsApp chats on Rhea Chakraborty’s phone revealed conversations on buying drugs for the actor.
After multiple searches, the anti-drugs agency based their case on 59 grams of weed found on drug dealers allegedly known to Sushant Rajput. According to the agency, their questioning led them to Rhea Chakraborty and her brother.
Rhea Chakraborty, a 28-year-old former Veejay, model and actor, was described as “an active member of a drug syndicate” by the Narcotics Control Bureau in documents to court after her arrest.
A Mumbai court rejected her request for bail saying she could alert persons she has named and evidence could be tampered with. The court also dismissed Rhea Chakraborty’s argument that she was coerced into making her statement.