Wednesday 21 October 2020

CBI receives evidence of Rhea Chakraborty’s illegal drug use

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing a money laundering angle into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput and has questioned his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, has referred relevant evidence to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Narcotics Control Bureau about her alleged links to banned drugs, a charge vehemently denied by her lawyer.

The officials said the central probe agency stumbled upon certain data and these prima facie inputs have been shared with the two federal agencies. The ED refused to share details of the nature of evidence referred to the agencies with the news media.

“Rhea has never consumed drugs in her life ever. She is ready for a blood test,” her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said in reply to the allegation.

The CBI is probing the death case of the 34-year-old actor, whose body Mumbai Police claimed was found hanging at his duplex flat in Mumbai’s Bandra area on 14 June. The NCB is the federal anti-narcotics agency.

The ED has grilled Rhea, 28, twice in this case. The agency recorded her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). She is the prime accused in this case. Rhea has stated in her petition to the Supreme Court that she was in a live-in relationship with the actor.
The ED money-laundering case stems from an FIR filed by Rajput‘s father KK Singh on 25 July with Bihar Police in Patna against Rhea, her father Indrajit Chakraborty, mother Sandhya Chakraborty, brother Showik, Rajput’s manager Samuel Miranda and Shruti Modi and unknown persons ― accusing them of cheating and abetting his son’s suicide.

The agency has questioned a number of people till now in the case. They include Showik, Indrajit Chakraborty, Miranda, Shruti Modi, the chartered accountants of Rajput and Rhea, Rajput’s flat-mate and creative content manager Siddharth Pithani and three other house helps who were present in the house on the day the actor died by suicide.

It has questioned Rajput’s father and two elder sisters too.In his complaint to the police, Rajput’s father had alleged that an amount of Rs 15 crore was siphoned off from his son’s bank account in one year to accounts of persons not known or connected to the late actor.

CBI team probing Sushant Singh’s death exempted from quarantine

The CBI team, which reached Mumbai to probe the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, has been exempted from home quarantine.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had quarantined Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari earlier this month after his arrival to oversee probe in the actor’s death case.

A senior BMC official, who did not wish to be named, said the central investigation agency applied for exemption from the home quarantine rule.
A senior BMC official, who did not wish to be named, said the central investigation agency applied for exemption from the home quarantine rule.
“They are on official duty and sought an exemption from quarantine norms. They have been given exemption from the home quarantine rule,” said the official. The team is likely to stay in the city for about 10 days, another official said.

As per Maharashtra Government norms, government officials on important duties and doctors on COVID-19 duty are exempted from the home quarantine rule for a period of seven days, but have to apply to BMC for exemption from the home quarantine rule, if they plan to stay in the city for over a week.

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