#BollywoodDrugLink | In terms of strict evidence and evidentiary value it will be a little difficult, though, prima facie evidence is there that has been consumption of drugs in Bollywood by these stars: @yashoazad (Former IPS Officer).— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) September 23, 2020
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#BollywoodDrugLink | It is becoming clear why people didn’t want an investigation because the moment you start investigating you realise that there are layers between the consumer and the drug kingpin: @imshreyanarayan (Actress/Model).— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) September 23, 2020
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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." The official said that the actors have been summoned after several alleged chats of them discussing drugs came to the fore during the investigation. Another NCB official said that it has summoned Khambatta, Rakul and Sushant's former manager Shruti Modi on September 24.
Actresses Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have been summoned by the NCB after their names came up during the probe into the Bollywood-drugs nexus.
As per NCB sources, Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet and Shraddha Kapoor have been summoned in the drug related probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. As per sources, Deepika will be called for questioning on September 25 while Rakulpreet will be questioned on September 24.
#EXCLUSIVE | I want to know who are supplying the drugs and I don’t mean talent agencies, I want to know how can an organized crime like this can exist without the participation of the police and politicians: Suhasini Mulay (Actor).#BollywoodDrugLink pic.twitter.com/m4uvc82JoT— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) September 23, 2020
Film fraternity is questioning the leaking of drugs chat and revelation of selective names of Bollywood personalities in the NCB's drugs probe. Actresses whose name have come up during investigation are remaining silent on the issue. Meanwhile, Bollywood alleges that it has now become a witch hunt and only solid proof should lead to arrest.
WhatsApp chats accessed by the NCB in Sushant Singh Rajput case have revealed drugs such as marijuana, CBD oil (an extract of cannabis), cocaine and MDMA being used in Bollywood parties.
Jaya Saha has reached the NCB office for questioning for the third straight day on Wednesday. She has emerged as one of the key person of interest who are under NCB scanner in the ongoing drugs probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case. Jaya's leaked chats with Rhea Chakraborty and others has led to the explosion of a Bollywood- drugs nexus.
Here's a list of questions that NCB has prepared for film producer Madhu Mantena.
-- How prevalent is drugs culture in the work ecosystem of KWAN agency?
-- Were you aware of drugs being procured by talent managers for KWAN's agents?
-- Did you ask for curated marijuana from Jaya Saha?
-- Who are part of the WhatsApp group where consumption of curated marijuana and other drugs was discussed?
#NewsAlert – Film Producer, Madhu Mantena being grilled by the NCB.— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) September 23, 2020
‘How prevalent is the drug culture with KWAN?; NCB asks Mantena.@Herman_Gomes shares details with @shreyadhoundial.#BollywoodDrugLink pic.twitter.com/WkPlZ7j6wS
The NCB has accessed details of a June 22 chat of film producer Madhu Mantena asking talent manager Jaya Saha for drugs. The NCB is in possession of this drugs conversation between the two and CNN News18 has learnt that possibility of Jaya's arrest is likely.
Talent manager Jaya Saha has confessed to the NCB that she secured CBD oil (a derivative of cannabis) for Shraddha Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and film producer Madhu Mantena. Meanwhile, Jaya has denied having any communication with actress and Mahesh Babu's wife Namrata Shirodkar.
#NewsAlert – Jaya Saha’s explosive confession to the NCB.— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) September 23, 2020
'Yes, I got drugs for Shraddha Kapoor'; Jaya confessed, NCB Sources tell CNN-News18.@Zebaism shares details with @shreyadhoundial.#BollywoodDrugLink pic.twitter.com/sFw1wwYs9C
Rhea Chakraborty, in her bail plea to the Bombay High Court, has said that she is just 28 years of age and has been subjected to investigations by four authorities-- NCB, ED, CBI and Mumbai Police. She further stated that all this has taken a 'severe toll on her mental health and well being'. Further custody will worsen her mental health, she stated in her bail plea.
In her bail plea to Bombay High Court, accused Rhea Chakraborty has stated that she is innocent and the NCB is deliberately trying to invoke stringent charges against her and her family. She also stated that she is being subjected to a 'witch hunt'.
Mumbai rains may be hampering the ongoing drugs probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case. Agency Deputy Director KPS Malhotra said that inclement weather conditions may defer today's investigation to tomorrow. Talent manager Jaya Saha and CEO of KWAN Talent Management company Dhruv Chitgopekar were summoned for interrogation today.
#NewsAlert - Mumbai rains to hamper NCB probe in #BollywoodDrugLink investigation?— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) September 23, 2020
'Will defer questioning by a day if needed': NCB. @Herman_Gomes shares details with @SiddiquiMaha. pic.twitter.com/56wbqKYhze
Film producer Madhu Mantena has reached the NCB office for questioning on Wednesday in the ongoing drugs probe. His name allegedly surfaced during the questioning of talent manager Jaya Saha.
Another question on everyone's mind is whether Deepika Padukone will be summoned by the NCB in its ongoing drugs probe or not. It is said that several chats discussing drugs are on the radar of the anti-drugs agency. These conversations are allegedly between Deepika and her manager Karishma Prakash.
Rhea Chakraborty and Showik Chakraborty's bail plea hearing has been postponed till tomorrow after Bombay High Court declared a holiday in light of Mumbai rains, their lawyer has shared. The decision has been taken by the Court;s Chief Justice after heavy water logging in the city.
Bombay High Court Chief Justice has declared a holiday today for HC, after severe waterlogging in city. Today’s board to be taken up tomorrow: Satish Maneshinde, Rhea's lawyer.— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2020
Rhea & Showik Chakraborty had filed bail pleas in NDPS case before HC, it was to be heard today. pic.twitter.com/1W3s3eNzDH
While first rejecting Showik Chakraborty's bail plea in Sushant Singh Rajput case on September 11, the court had argued that he is likely to tamper with evidence collected in the case if let out.
Rhea and Showik Chakraborty's bail had been denied earlier on September 11 on the basis that they could 'alert' those named in their statement to the NCB. Now, they have applied for bail again after their judicial custody was extended till Oct 6 on Tuesday.
Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Shweta had started a campaign in memory of her late brother in which she asked fans to dedicate messages to the actor with hashtag 'Message4SSR'. The family has received over 3 lakh audio and video messages from his admirers.
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Received more than 3 lakhs heartwarming messages. I cried reading, listening and watching them. I cannot even fathom the kind of love and legacy he has left behind. He has left us an extended family in every SSRian. Thanks for all the support. Know that God and Bhai are with us every step of the way. 🙏❤️