Following up on starlet Rhea Chakraborty‘s WhatsApp conversations in March 2017 with hotelier Gaurav Arya where she had asked him about MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), the Enforcement Directorate today pasted a notice at his hotel in Goa, asking him to join the probe before 31 August.
Gaurav Arya was not around at the time when ED officials reached his hotel.
The ED had earlier obtained deleted WhatsApp messages that indicated dealings in banned drugs and chats about the procurement and consumption of drugs.
The ED, which is probing the alleged money-laundering angle in late Sushant Singh Rajput‘s case, put the notice at Gaurav Arya’s hotel The Tamarind in Anjuna, Goa.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had registered a case against Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, Gaurav Arya, Jaya Saha, Sushant’s co-manager Shruti Modi the day before yesterday under Sections 20 (b) 28, 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
But the hotelier told a television news channel that he had no association of any kind with either Rhea or the late Sushant.
Sushant was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his Bandra flat in Mumbai on 14 June while some private detectives hold that he was killed the previous night.
Within 15 min of discovering the corpse, Mumbai Police had declared that Sushant had committed suicide. However, the late actor’s father KK Singh filed an FIR with the Patna Police on 25 July, accusing Rhea of abetting his son’s suicide.
The late actor’s father named Rhea’s parents Indrajit Chakraborty and Sandhya Chakraborty, brother Showik Chakraborty, and common friends Samuel Miranda and Shruti Modi in the FIR.
Gaurav Arya not the only drug link
The ED is already pursuing Rhea Chakraborty’s talent manager, Jaya Saha, in connection with the agency’s investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Jaya had reportedly messaged Rhea on the morning of November 25 last year, as per WhatsApp chats accessed by the news channel, “Use 4 drops in coffee, tea or water and let him sip it. Give it 30-40 minutes for it to kick in.” It is presumed that the ‘him’ being referred to is Sushant.
What MDMA does
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a psychoactive drug primarily used for recreational purposes. The desired effects include altered sensations, increased energy, empathy, as well as pleasure. When taken by mouth, effects begin in 30 to 45 minutes and last 3 to 6 hours.
The adverse effects of MDMA are:
- bruxism (grinding and clenching of the teeth)
- increased wakefulness or insomnia
- increased perspiration and sweating
- increased heart rate and blood pressure
- increased psychomotor activity
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- erectile dysfunction
- visual and auditory hallucinations (rarely)
- trismus (lockjaw)
- loss of appetite
- tiredness or lethargy
- anxiety or paranoia
- restlessness and
- memory impairment
After much political tussle between Bihar and Maharashtra governments, the Supreme Court ordered the CBI to investigate the case. The Narendra Modi government had accepted the recommendation of the Bihar government for a CBI probe into Sushnat’s death on the recommendation of the Bihar government, a decision that the Maharashtra government vehemently opposed.