A team of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday morning raided the residence of Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act as part of its probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year.
Similar searches were carried out at the residence of Samuel Miranda, who was Rajput’s house manager.
Meanwhile, Rhea’s brother Showik and Miranda were summoned by the NCB for questioning in connection with the case. “They have intended to go along (with the search team) due to media presence,” an officer told PTI.
Basit Parihar, who was arrested Thursday along with Zaid Vilatra for alleged links with Showik and Miranda, was sent to the agency’s custody till September 9 by a district magistrate court.
The NCB team accompanied by police officials raided the residence of Showik in Santa Cruz (west) area and Miranda’s house in suburban Andheri (west) area of the western metropolis from 6:30 am. Showik lives with Rhea.
The search teams, included some women officials who were seen wearing masks and gloves, and using multiple vehicles.
Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said he did not want to comment on the NCB’s claims. Rhea earlier said she has never used drugs.
The NCB claimed Parihar was in touch with Showik and Miranda. The agency arrested two other men, Abbas Lakhani and Karn Arora, on the intervening night of August 27-28, and seized ‘bud’ from their possession. A “detailed network analysis” led the agency to Lakhani’s links with Vilatra, an official said.
A search of Vilatra’s premises yielded Rs 9,55,750 and foreign currency (US $ 2,081, 180 British Pound, 15 Dirham), an NCB official said. During questioning, Vilatra said he ran an eatery which was not making money due to the lockdown, the official said.
Vilatra’s questioning led to Parihar, the second arrest on Wednesday. “During his interrogation his links to the Rhea case were found and it is under investigation,” an official said.
Apart from the NCB, CBI and ED too are investigating Rhea on various charges.
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