Comic Bharti Singh’s Mumbai residence was raided by the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) on Saturday morning. Sources throughout the company stated Ms Singh and her husband have been accused of consuming banned substances.
The raids come amid an increasing probe – which started with inquiries into the dying of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June – into alleged drug use by members of the leisure business.
Earlier this month actor Arjun Rampal’s dwelling was searched, and each he and his girlfriend, Gabriella Demetriades, have been summoned for questioning.
Ms Demetriades was questioned over two days (for a complete of 12 hours) whereas Mr Rampal was questioned for six hours final week. As he was leaving the company’s workplace in south Mumbai, he clarified that the substances discovered by the NCB at his residence have been a part of a prescription.
“I’m totally cooperating with the investigation. I’ve nothing to do with medicine. The drugs discovered at my residence was prescribed. The prescription has been discovered and handed over,” he stated.
The NCB had earlier additionally arrested Paul Bartel, an Australian architect whose identify emerged as an alleged provider after the questioning of Agisialos Demetriades – a South African nationwide who’s Ms Demetriades’s brother and is presently within the company’s custody.
Mr Bartel was granted bail on Thursday. In line with information company PTI, the particular court docket that granted him aid noticed there was no “substantial materials” to show wrongdoing on his half.
Previous to that the NCB had additionally summoned movie producer Firoz Nadiadwala. A day earlier his spouse, Shabana Saeed, was arrested after investigators allegedly discovered 10 grams of marijuana at their dwelling in Mumbai’s Juhu throughout a raid. Ms Saeed has since been launched on bail.
The Nadiadwala residence had been searched following the arrest of drug peddler Wahid Abdul Kadir Shaikh in Andheri just a few days earlier. Because the company tracked Shaikh’s purchasers, hyperlinks to Ms Saeed, who allegedly bought 10 grams of the contraband from him, emerged, the NCB stated.
Over the previous few months prime Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor have all been questioned by the NCB. The company has stated that is a part of its try and unravel a community of provide of medicine to celebrities.
The medicine angle in Sushant Rajput’s dying was flagged after texts concerning the buy of banned substances have been allegedly discovered on the cellphone of his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, who can be an actor.
Ms Chakraborty, her brother Showik, two of Sushant Singh Rajput’s workers and some others have been arrested for allegedly arranging medicine for the 34-year-old actor. After spending almost a month in jail, Ms Chakraborty was launched on bail final month.
The allegations have break up the movie fraternity, with one part hitting out on the vilification of the business. Many well-known actors and filmmakers have been trolled over the allegations.
“I will be a liar if I say that this downside doesn’t exist in our business. It exists, identical to each business. However each individual in each occupation is just not concerned in such issues. That is inconceivable,” actor Akshay Kumar stated in October.