Comic Bharti Singh and her husband, Harsh Limbachiyaa, have been taken to the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB)’s Mumbai workplace for questioning after the anti-drug company recovered a “small amount of hashish” throughout a search of their residence this morning.
Visuals from outdoors their residence – an condominium advanced in Andheri – confirmed Ms Singh being pushed away in a pink Mercedes, whereas Mr Limbachiyaa was taken in a white NCB van. Ms Singh, on arriving on the NCB’s workplace, instructed reporters: “They’ve known as us for some questioning, that is all.”
“She (Ms Singh) and her husband have been detained for questioning about possession of narcotics substances,” Sameer Wankhede, one of many investigating officers, instructed news company ANI earlier.
In line with one other NCB official, quoted by news company PTI, Ms Singh’s identify emerged throughout questioning of a drug peddler; a search of her residence recovered a “small amount of hashish”. The company additionally carried out searches at two different areas in Mumbai, the official added.
The raids come amid an increasing probe – which started with inquiries into the loss of life of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June – into alleged drug use by members of the leisure business.
Earlier this month actor Arjun Rampal’s home was searched, and each he and his girlfriend, Gabriella Demetriades, had 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 had been a part of a prescription.
“I’m absolutely cooperating with the investigation. I’ve nothing to do with medication. The drugs discovered at my residence was prescribed. The prescription has been discovered and handed over,” he mentioned.
The NCB had earlier also 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 at present within the company’s custody.
Mr Bartel was granted bail on Thursday. In line with news company PTI, the particular courtroom 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 found 10 grams of marijuana at their home 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 a couple of days earlier than that. Because the company tracked Shaikh’s shoppers, hyperlinks to Ms Saeed, who allegedly bought 10 grams of the contraband from him, emerged, the NCB mentioned.
Over the previous few months high Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor have all been questioned by the NCB. The company has mentioned that is a part of its try to unravel a community of provide of medication to celebrities.
The medication angle in Sushant Rajput’s loss of life was flagged after texts concerning the buy of banned substances had been allegedly discovered on his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s cellphone.
Ms Chakraborty, her brother Showik, two of Sushant Singh Rajput’s workers and some others had been arrested for allegedly arranging medication for the 34-year-old actor. After practically a month in jail, Ms Chakraborty, who can be an actor, was released on bail last month.
The allegations have cut 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, similar to each business. However each individual in each occupation will not be concerned in such issues. That is unattainable,” actor Akshay Kumar mentioned in October.
With enter from ANI, PTI
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