Sushant Singh Rajput’s former talent manager, Jaya Saha, who is being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau about her connection to the alleged drugs nexus in Bollywood, has reportedly implicated more names, sources said. Previously, actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh were summoned by the NCB for questioning.
Jaya has reportedly named four male stars, who will be probed by the NCB tomorrow. Jaya has been questioned for several hours over three days. It was reported that during her questioning, producer Madhu Mantena’s name cropped up. Madhu appeared for questioning on Wednesday.
Sources reports that Jaya has now named at least more ‘A-listers’. A crackdown is expected to take place on 24 September, on the basis of which summons could be sent out. One of them, a particularly successful actor, the channel says will be summoned within the week.
The drugs angle in the Sushant death case was uncovered by the Enforcement Directorate in its investigation of his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s financial activities. The Narcotics Control Bureau in its investigation discovered larger ties to Bollywood, and now, several other celebrities have come under the radar.
The NCB has so far arrested a total 16 accused in the case including Rhea and her brother Showik Chakraborty, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda, domestic help Dipesh Sawant, drug peddlers Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar; Kaizan Ebrahim, Karna Arora, Abbas Lakhani and Anuj Keshwani.
Deepika has been summoned on 25 September, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have been asked to appear on 26 September, news agency reported.
Kangana responds as Deepika, Shraddha, Sara summoned by NCB
Actor Kangana Ranaut, who has been vocally suggesting that there exists a ‘drug mafia’ in Bollywood, has tweeted, presumably, in response to the summons served to actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh, in connection to an escalating investigation by the Narcotics Control Bureau. The NCB, while investigating actor Rhea Chakraborty’s alleged involvement in procuring drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput, discovered a larger connection to the film industry.
Kangana in her tweet wrote, “Finally for the first time Bullywood mafia wishing that Sushant wasn’t killed and Kangana wasn’t pushed against the wall, for the first time they are regretting their cruelty, sadism and silence. For the first time they are wishing they could turn back time and bring us back.” She added a smiley face emoji.
Previously, when media flashed portions of a drugs-related WhatsApp conversation that it claimed was between actor Deepika Padukone and her manager, Kangana had tweeted, “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?”
This was seen as a dig at tweets posted by Deepika immediately after Sushant’s death in June, in which she had attempted to bust myths around mental health by using the refrain, “repeat after me.” Deepika has been vocal about her own struggles with depression.