Mumbai/ New Delhi: Actor Rhea Chakraborty is being questioned at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office in Mumbai in the drugs probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The 28-year-old actor was summoned this morning, two days after her brother Showik was arrested by the probe agency.
The NCB officials, earlier this morning, visited the actor’s house to serve the summons.
Visuals showed Ms Chakraborty, wearing a mask and a pink kurta, struggling and trying to jostle her way through the crowd this afternoon to enter the NCB office amid huge security.
“Rhea Chakraborty is ready for arrest… it’s a witch hunt. If loving someone is a crime, she’ll face consequences. Being innocent, she hasn’t approached any court for anticipatory bail in all cases foisted by (the) Bihar Police with (the) CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), ED (Enforcement Directorate) and (the) NCB, ” Satish Maneshinde, her lawyer, said today.
On Saturday, the NCB said Showik Chakraborty “will be confronted with sister” Rhea after the probe agency was given his custody till September 9. Mr Chakraborty has “given so many names with whom he was dealing in drugs”, the NCB said in its remand application.
“There are specific roles/ingredients of criminal conspiracy, abetments and various attempts to commit offences,” the NCB told a Mumbai court Saturday afternoon, adding “the financial trail of all previous transactions of drug purchase has to be verified”.
Rhea Chakraborty, her family and others are being investigated over Sushant Singh Rajput’s family’s allegations that she mentally harassed the actor and had a role in his death. The NCB on Friday morning raided her Mumbai house; her brother was arrested the same night.
The drug investigation began after WhatsApp chats retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty’s phone revealed an alleged conversation about procuring drugs between her and a contact saved as “Miranda Sushi” – believed to be Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda, who was also arrested by the NCB on Friday.
Indrajit Chakraborty, Rhea Chakraborty’s father, on Saturday issued a statement, condemning the arrest of his 24-year-old son.
“Congratulations India, you have arrested my son, I’m sure next on the line is my daughter and I don’t know who is next thereafter. You have effectively demolished a middle class family. But of course, for the sake of justice everything is justified. Jai hind,” the statement from Lt Col Indrajit Chakraborty (Retd), who has also been questioned by the CBI for days, read.
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Bandra home in Mumbai on June 14; he was 34. Mumbai police had said at that time he died by suicide.
The case has triggered a huge political row ever since. It also sparked a debate on mental health issues.