In the widening drugs probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), IndiaTV sources have confirmed that the name 'D' that surfaced in drugs chat is Deepika Padukone. It is said that the actress asked for ‘hash, not weed’ in chat with ‘K’. Both names - D and K surfaced in the whatsapp drugs chat. Earlier, Shraddha Kapoor's name also surfaced in the drugs chat. Besides Deepika Padukone, 90's actress Namrata Shirodkar has also been named in the drugs chat.
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.
Deepika Padukone's manager Karishma Prakash has been summoned by NCB for questioning tomorrow. Karishma Prakash is Jaya Saha's assistant, who also manages also Deepika Padukone. Jaya Saha's name surfaced in Rhea Chakraborty's interrogation in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput's death.
Meanwhile, in a significant development, the names of other Bollywood celebrities like Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta have emerged in the NCB probe into the drugs angle surrounding the mysterious death of Sushant. The agency is set to summon them this week for questioning.
Kangana Ranaut reacts
In a tweet, Kangana Ranaut said, "Repeat after me, depression is a consequence of drug abuse. So called high society rich star children who claim to be classy and have a good upbringing ask their manager ,” MAAL HAI KYA?” #boycottBollywoodDruggies #DeepikaPadukone".
Kangana Ranaut, in her tweet, is referring to Deepika Padukone's tweet that she posted after Sushant Singh Rajput's death.
On Tuesday, the NCB will move a Special Court to seek a day's custody for Showik Chakraborty and Dipesh Sawant, to connect the dots with some new facts that have emerged in the case. The NCB has registered a case on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after the alleged drug chats of Showik, Miranda and several others came to the fore. Sushant was found hanging in at Mont Blanc apartment in Bandra on June 14., Besides the CBI and the ED, the NCB is the third agency to probe into the case.
(With inpts from Abhay Parashar, JP Singh, Joyeeta Mitra Suvarna)