In a major development in the drugs case, actress Deepika Padukone has been summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The actress is currently shooting for a film in Goa and now, she will have to leave the shooting because NCB has given her three days' time to come for the questioning in Mumbai. NCB has also sent summons to actresses Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, and Shraddha Kapoor for questioning in the drugs probe.
Rakul Preet Singh, Simone Khambatta and Shruti Modi have been summoned by the agency tomorrow ie September 23 while Deepika Padukone has been asked to appear on September 25. Sara Ali Khan and Shradhha Kapoor will be questioned by NCB on 26th September.
A senior NCB official related to the probe said, "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." However, the official did not share the date when these actors have been called for questioning.
The drug law enforcement agency has also summoned Deepika's manager Karishma Prakash for questioning. The development comes in the wake of the investigation into a drug-related case linked to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sushant was found dead on June 14 at his Bandra flat.
The official said that the actors have been summoned after several alleged chats of them discussing drugs came to the fore during the investigation.
The NCB has registered a case on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it found alleged drug chats between Sushant's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, house manager Samuel Miranda.
Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Sushant's personal staff Dipesh Sawant along with 16 other accused have been arrested by the NCB in the case so far.
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.
The official, however, denied that it has issued any summons to Dia Mirza. Earlier in the day, the NCB continued questioning Sushant's talent manager Jaya Saha for the third consecutive day.
Besides Saha, the NCB is also questioning Madhu Mantena Varma, a noted producer, who gave blockbusters such as 'Udta Punjab' and 'Ghajini'.
According to NCB sources, Varma is being confronted with Saha over alleged chats of them discussing drugs. NCB has also questioned Sushant's former manager Shruti Modi on a number of occassions.
Besides the NCB, the CBI and the ED are also probing the death case of Sushant.
(With inputs from JP Singh, Rajiv Singh, Atul Bhatia and IANS)