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Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Deepika Acknowledges NCB Summon, To Join Investigation on Saturday

Ranveer-Deepika pic credit Goa Post.

Ranveer-Deepika pic credit Goa Post.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has returned to Mumbai from Goa. She will be joining the NCB investigation on Saturday.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday said that it has summoned Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh and fashion designer Simone Khambatta for questioning in a drug-related case. Deepika, who was in Goa to shoot for an upcoming film, left for Mumbai on Thursday. Deepika, along with her manager Karishma Prakash, has been called for questioning on September 25 and Sara and Shraddha have been called on September 26. Rakul has skipped questioning today and will join the probe on Friday. Simone Khambatta was questioned by the NCB for over four hours on Thursday. Deepika has acknowledged the summons and had submitted for joining investigation on Saturday. Tomorrow Rakul Preet and Karishma Prakash will be joining the investigation, say NCB sources.

Bombay High Court on Thursday adjourned hearing in bail pleas of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik till September 29. Rhea’s judicial custody was extended for another two weeks and the actress will be in jail till October 6. She and her brother Showik Chakraborty had requested bail from the Bombay High Court. Rhea was arrested on September 8 on drug charges linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput death investigation.

An official said that the actors have been summoned after several alleged chats of them discussing drugs came to the fore during the investigation. 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 for questioning. Rakul, Simone and Sushant Singh Rajput’s former manager Shruti Modi have been called in by the NCB for interrogation on Thursday.

The development comes in the wake of the investigation into a drug-related case linked to the death of Sushant, who was found dead on June 14 at his Bandra flat. Besides the NCB, the CBI and the ED are also probing the death case of Sushant.

Sara is the daughter of noted actor Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, while Shradhha is the daughter of veteran actor Shakti Kapoor. Deepika is the daughter of the badminton icon Prakash Padukone and is married to Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh.

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