The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a raid at the Mumbai residence of actor and former Bigg Boss contestant Armaan Kohli on 28 August in connection with an alleged drugs case. After this, Armaan was taken in for questioning by the agency.
Armaan gave ambiguous answers to questions put up by NCB. He was then taken to custody for questioning at the NCB office. Drugs were recovered during the NCB raid.
The NCB has been conducting raids at several places in Mumbai. This comes just two days after the agency arrested actor Armaan Kohli in connection with a drug case. Raids are being conducted in Bandra and Juhu areas in Mumbai, the agency reported citing sources.
Two drug peddlers have been arrested by the NCB from Juhu. They were arrested with MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), following the arrest of actor Armaan Kohli.
On Saturday, the NCB arrested actor Armaan Kohli and booked him under Sections 21(a), 27(a), 28, 29, 30, and 35 of the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act.
The NCB sleuths found the actor in an inebriated condition at the time of his arrest. “After the raid, actor Armaan Kohli gave ambiguous answers to questions put up by NCB. He was then taken to custody for questioning at the NCB office,” said NCB Zonal Director (Mumbai) Sameer Wankhede.
This is not the first time that Armaan has had a brush with the law. The former Big Boss 7 contestant, was in 2018 arrested by the Excise department for possessing 41 bottles of scotch whiskey at his residence, which was against the law, media reported.
Earlier in the day, television actor Gaurav Dixit was arrested in connection with a drugs case by the Mumbai zonal team of the Narcotics Control Bureau, an official said on 27 August. The NCB was on the lookout for Gaurav for the past few months after his name cropped up in the interrogation of actor Ajaz Khan and some other persons in April this year, the official said. The actor has now been sent to the NCB custody till August 30, according to the news agency ANI.
Headed by its zonal director Samir Wankhede, a team of the drug law enforcement agency had raided the actor’s residence at 2 PM on 28 August. The action was taken as part of its ongoing “Operation Rolling Thunder” to crack down on the alleged network of drug peddlers and suppliers in Mumbai. The search went on till 8 PM, NCB officials said.
The NCB raided Kohli’s house on the basis of information revealed by an alleged drug peddler who, like the actor, was arrested on Saturday. He is suspected to have purchased drugs from the alleged peddler.
Since last year, the NCB has questioned several major Bollywood names, including Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan in connection with an alleged Bollywood-drugs mafia nexus. The actors’ questioning was linked to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead in his Mumbai flat on 14 June last year.