Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal on 21 December reached the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office in Mumbai to appear before the agency in connection with a drugs case. The NCB had summoned Rampal for questioning in connection with the Bollywood drugs case. NCB had questioned Rampal and his partner Gabriella Demetriades earlier and arrested her brother in the case.
Last month, the central anti-narcotics agency had conducted a search at Rampal’s residence in Bandra and seized electronics gadgets and some medicine which are restricted under the NDPS Act. Arjun Rampal was then questioned for nearly seven hours on 13 November.
Rampal’s partner Demetriades was questioned twice on suspicion of drug-peddling. NCB involved Arjun Rampal and Demetriades in the investigation after they discovered the involvement of Demetriades’ brother Agisilaos Demetriades in drug cases and found that he was in touch with many Bollywood celebrities, said an NCB officer.
In mid-October, Agisilaos was arrested from Lonavala. The resort in which he was staying with his fiancee was raided and 0.8 g charas was recovered from him. A special NDPS court granted bail to him on 22 December.
Arjun Rampal was released while being directed to deposit his passport to the NCB and submit Rs 50,000 in cash. The NCB had asked him not to leave the country without prior permission from the court.
According to the NCB, Rampal is a part of a larger drug racket. The agency believes he supplied drugs to the peddler, who was in touch with actor Rhea Chakraborty, Rajput’s girlfriend, and her brother Showik.
The NCB, which is probing the film industry’s link with drugs, has arrested 28 people in the case.
NCB, which has been investigating the drug angle into late actor Rajput’s death, has till now arrested 28 people, including Bollywood celebrities like comedienne Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa.
Before this, Bollywood actors like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh have been questioned by NCB officials.