The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on 22 November arrested comedian Bharti Singh’s husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa for possession of cannabis. The agency had arrested Bharti Singh yesterday.
The NCB raided the comedian’s production office and residence in Mumbai and recovered 86.5 g of ganja from the two places. Both Singh and Limbachiyaa accepted consumption of ganja, agencies report.
The raids were part of an expanding probe, which began with inquiries into the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June, into alleged drug use by members of the entertainment industry.
This is the latest arrest by the NCB in the probe into the consumption and possession of drugs by people in film industries across the country — Bengaluru is another hub of this racket — after it received official communication from the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The ED has obtained messages or chats related to drug consumption, procurement, usage and transportation in connection with the actor’s death.
The NCB had arrested Rhea Chakraborty, Rajput’s girlfriend, on 9 September. The bureau released her subsequently on bail after she spent nearly a month in jail on charges of procuring drugs for the now-dead actor.
Earlier this month, houses of actor Arjun Rampal and film producer Firoz Nadiadwala were raided by the agency in connection with the drugs probe. While the NCB summoned Rampal and his girlfriend for questioning in the matter, the agency arrested Nadiadwala’s wife Shabana Saeed before granting her bail on 10 November.
The agency searched the Nadiadwala house following the arrest of drug peddler Wahid Abdul Kadir Shaikh in Andheri a few days before that. As the NCB tracked Shaikh’s clients, links to Saeed, who allegedly purchased 10 g of the contraband from him, emerged, the agency said.
The NCB had earlier arrested Paul Bartel, an Australian architect whose name emerged as an alleged supplier after the questioning of Agisialos Demetriades ― a South African national who is Demetriades’s brother and is currently in the agency’s custody.
Bartel was granted bail on 19 November. The special court that granted him relief observed there was no “substantial material” to prove wrongdoing on his part.