A number of Bollywood celebrities have been under scrutiny as of late following the probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. And now, in a recent turn of events, The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), probing the alleged Bollywood-drug nexus, might summon superstar Deepika Padukone if needed, an official said on Tuesday. According to an Indian leading daily, NCB sources said some WhatsApp conversations purportedly discussing drugs are on the radar of the agency.
Some of these chats are said to be during Deepika Padukone and her manager Karishma Prakash and one “D”, they said. According to the official, the NCB may also summon actors Rakul Preet Singh and Sara Ali Khan, and designer Simone Khambatta this week.
KPS Malhotra, deputy director of NCB, confirmed that KWAN talent management agency’s CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar has been summoned to join the ongoing investigation. Dhruv reached the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) guest house at around 2 pm, where NCB officials are present. Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent manager Jaya Saha also reached the guest house to join the investigation.
However, Malhotra denied that any summons were sent to KWAN’s employee and the Tamasha actor’s manager. “No summons has been issued to Karishma. But we will send her a summon later this week,” Malhotra had said.
“The NCB will first question Karishma Prakash and might summon actor Deepika Padukone if needed,” the official said. During the NCB’s investigation into the drugs angle in the Kai Po Che star’s death case, a wider drug nexus in Bollywood surfaced. Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent manager Jaya Saha was questioned by the NCB earlier this week.
The NCB has so far arrested more than 12 people, including Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend and actor Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty, in connection with the probe into the drugs angle in the case of the actor’s death.
Sushant, 34, was found dead at his home in Bandra on June 14 this year.