In its bid to bust the drug racket in Bollywood, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NBC) has summoned top Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh. Apart from them, professional manager Karishma Prakash, fashion designer Simone Khambatta, and manager Shruti Modi have also been summoned.
A senior NCB official related to the probe told IANS, “Summons have been issued to Deepika, Sara, Shraddha and Rakul for questioning. “Besides four Bollywood actors, the NCB has also summoned fashion designer Simone Khambatta.”
According to sources, Rakul Preet Singh, Simone, Shruti Modi will appear before the agency tomorrow whereas Deepika and her manager Karishma are called for questioning on September 25. Shraddha and Sara Ali Khan are reportedly going to be questioned by NCB on September 26, 2020.
As per reports, Bollywood A-lister, Deepika Padukone who is currently in Goa for a shoot, is taking legal advice from her lawyers.
Deepika Padukone’s name emerged in the case after agencies accessed one of the WhatsApp chats where the actor is allegedly asking for ‘maal, hash’ from a ‘K’ who was later confirmed as her manager, Karishma Prakash. The chats accessed are from October 2017 and show Deepika asking for “maal” from ‘K’ who replies that she has it, but at home. Further ‘K’ says that she can ask ‘Amit’ if she wants it, as “he is carrying”. Deepika also then clarifies that she needs “Hash” and not “weed” as the two discuss logistics.
The mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput led to the revelation of deep rooted drug racket in Bollywood. Upon investigating the whereabouts of Singh’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, the agencies realised about the drug cartel operating within Bollywood and the case of immediately handed over to the NCB. Since then, various big names have surfaced as either possible drug addicts or peddlers.
The agencies are separately probing into every suspect and more names could be added in the list as the investigation progresses.