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Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Deepika Acknowledges NCB Summon, To Join Investigation on Saturday | September 24, 2020, 20:40 IST
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.
Sep 24, 2020 20:40 (IST)

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have returned to Mumbai, where Deepika will be joining the NCB investigation on September 26.

Sep 24, 2020 20:24 (IST)
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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh at Goa airport, on their way to Mumbai. Deepika will join the NCB probe into alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus on Saturday, an official said on Thursday.

Sep 24, 2020 19:15 (IST)

Deepika Padukone 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.

Sep 24, 2020 18:28 (IST)
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Bombay High Court adjourns hearing in bail pleas of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik for September 29.

Sep 24, 2020 17:43 (IST)
Sep 24, 2020 17:27 (IST)

Rhea Chakraborty's bail plea hearing begins in Bombay High Court. "In my petition, I have said NCB has no jurisdiction. All cases to be transferred to CBI, as per SC judgement," her lawyer Satish Maneshinde argues in HC.

Sep 24, 2020 16:30 (IST)
NCB Drugs Probe: Deepika Padukone Cuts Short Goa Shoot, Takes Chartered Flight to Mumbai

Deepika Padukone, who has been summoned by the NCB probing the narcotics angle connected with Sushant Singh Rajput's death left Goa for Mumbai.

Sep 24, 2020 15:52 (IST)

Deepika Padukone's team has confirmed to the NCB that she will be joining the drugs probe on Friday. She will be coming back to her residence in Mumbai from Goa today and is likely to appear before the NCB during the first half of the day tomorrow. Deepika's manager Karishma Prakash too has been summoned along with her employer.

Sep 24, 2020 15:14 (IST)

Actress Deepika Padukone will be reaching Mumbai from Goa to join the ongoing drugs probe. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up outside her house keeping in mind the media frenzy around her summoning by the NCB. 

Sep 24, 2020 14:35 (IST)

Fashion Designer Simone Khambatta, whose name allegedly cropped up during Rhea Chakraborty's investigation in NCB's ongoing drugs probe, was allowed to go home after five hours of questioing on Thursday.

Sep 24, 2020 14:33 (IST)

A team of NCB officials has obtained permission from court and will be going to Taloja jail to further question Showik Chakraborty and Sushant Sing Rajput's house staffer Dipesh Sawant there. Showik's connections with drug peddlers in Mumbai and Goa have been under the NCB scanner since the start.

Sep 24, 2020 14:28 (IST)

Here are visuals as Sara Ali Khan leaves from Goa for Mumbai. She has been summoned by the NCB on Saturday for questioning in the ongoing drugs probe.

Sep 24, 2020 13:47 (IST)

NCB continues to grill fashion designer Simone Khambatta and Sushant Singh Rajput's manager Shruti Modi in the ongoing drugs probe on Thursday. It is said that Simone's name has come up during Rhea Chakraborty's questioning.

Sep 24, 2020 13:34 (IST)

Here's a list of five questions that NCB will be looking to ask Deepika Padukone, who appears before the agency on Friday.

-- Does KWAN provide services beyond talent management to stars?

-- Do you know people who supply drugs on a regular basis?

-- Were you part of the WhatsApp group that discussed drugs supply?

-- Was Rhea Chakraborty part of any WhatsApp group with you?

-- Were you aware of any drug use by Sushant Singh Rajput?

Sep 24, 2020 13:00 (IST)

CNN News18 has learnt that Rakul Preet Singh is in constant touch with her team of lawyers. She is currently in Hyderabad herself and has ackowledged the NCB summon in the ongoing drugs probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case. She will appear for questiong before the anti-drug agency on Friday.

Sep 24, 2020 12:33 (IST)

Dharma Productions' Director Kshitij Raviprasad has been summoned by the NCB for questioning. He will appear before the agency on Friday at 11 am in the drugs related probe that is ongoing in Mumbai. 

Sep 24, 2020 11:53 (IST)

Drug peddler Karamjeet has named several TV actors during questioning by the NCB in drugs probe. Karam has claimed that he used to supply drugs to close to 150 actors from TV and film industry. Meanwhile, TV actors Abigail Pandey and Sanam Johar are being questioned by the NCB for the second day straight on Thursday. 

Sep 24, 2020 11:46 (IST)

Here's a list of questions that NCB is likely to ask actress Rakul Preet Singh.

-- Did you procure drugs from Rhea Chakraborty?

-- Did you attend alleged drug parties at Sushant Singh Rajput's farmhouse?

-- Do you know people who consume and supply drugs?

Sep 24, 2020 11:43 (IST)

Apart from film celebrities, TV actors are also under NCB scanner in the ongoing drugs probe. Abigail Pandey and Sanam Johar have already been summoned by NCB and 5 more TV actors, named by a drug peddler during investigation, will also be brought in for questioning.

Sep 24, 2020 11:38 (IST)

Rakul Preet Singh has acknowledged the NCB summon as per the agency's latest statement. She is said to be in Hyderabad for a film shoot and may skip questioning today.

Sep 24, 2020 11:08 (IST)

Deepika Padukone is expected to reach Mumbai by 2 pm on Thursday. She is currently in Goa for a film shoot, which has now stopped production. She is said to take a chartered flight out of Goa so that she can reach Mumbai city to appear before NCB on Friday. 

Sep 24, 2020 11:02 (IST)

The NCB has clarified that it had issued summon to Rakul Preet Singh on Wednesday itself to appear before it on Thursday but she has not responded yet. Meanwhile, her team has said that she did not receive any summon in Mumbai or Hyderabad in the ongoing drugs probe.

Sep 24, 2020 10:29 (IST)

Rhea and Showik Chakraborty's bail hearing will come up in Bombay High Court on Thursday, They have been placed in judicial custody till October 6. In her bail, Rhea has stated that further custody will take a toll on her mental health and well being. She was placed in custody first on September 9, and her bail rejected for first time on September 11.

Sep 24, 2020 10:15 (IST)

See visuals as fashion designer Simone Khambatta reaches NCB office in Mumbai to join the ongoing drugs probe. Allegedly, her 'drugs chats' have come to the fore during investigation in drugs angle in Sushant Singh Rajput case.

Sep 24, 2020 10:09 (IST)

Sources have revealed to CNN News18 that Deepika Padukone is currently having discussions with her team of lawyers on how to respond to NCB summon in ongoing drugs probe. She had gone to Goa for a film shoot but has now called off all work and is likely to arrive in Mumbai today afternoon. She is called in by the NCB on Friday.

Sep 24, 2020 10:06 (IST)

Rakul Preet Singh's team has said that she has not received NCB summon in the ongoing drugs probe in Mumbai or Hyderabad, where she is currently shooting for a film. Hence, she is unlikely to join the investigation today. Meanwhile, fashion designer Simone Khambatta has joined reached the NCB office in Mumbai in response to her summon.

Sep 24, 2020 9:48 (IST)

Bollywood actresses who have been summoned by the NCB in the ongoing drugs probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case are said to be seeking advice from their lawyers before appearing in front of the authorities. Rakul Preet Singh is called in by NCB on Thursday, followed by Deepika Padukone on Friday and Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor on Saturday.

Sep 24, 2020 9:43 (IST)

Akali Dal spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa has justified the summoning of Bollywood actresses Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh in the drugs probe. He says that there should not be different yardsticks for a normal citizen and an A-list movie star.

Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Deepika Acknowledges NCB Summon, To Join Investigation on Saturday
Ranveer-Deepika pic credit Goa Post.

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.