In the latest development in the drugs-related case, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is searching for late Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend and assistant director Rishikesh Pawar.
Pawar has been absconding since 7 January.
Ever since the apex drug law enforcement agency was roped into probe alleged drugs use in the case pertaining to Sushant Singh Rajut death case, the NCB has questioned several well-known Bollywood celebrities, including Deepika Padukone and Arjun Rampal.
SSR was found dead in his Bandra apartment on 14 June 2020. Initially, Mumbai Police started the probe, however, after an intense court battle between Maharashtra Police and Bihar Police, the Supreme Court paved the way for a CBI probe into the incident.
The CBI was ordered by Supreme Court to take over the case on 19 August, after Bihar government made a recommendation for it, after stating that their attempts to probe the case in Mumbai were thwarted.
The CBI last month told BJP MP and noted Supreme Court lawyer Subramanian Swamy that it is carrying out an intensive probe into the death of the Bollywood actor. The probe agency informed Swamy that it is using advanced mobile forensic equipment for analysis of dump data of the relevant cell tower locations related to the case.
The NCB was roped in after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the alleged money laundering charges in the sensational case, retrieved some WhatsApp has which hinted at alleged drugs use. Notably, Mumbai Police had initially declared SSR’s death as a suicide.
The NCB had arrested Rajput’s girlfriend, actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, SSR’s house manager Samuel Miranda and several alleged narcotics suppliers, drug peddlers under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. While Rhea secured bail in October, Showik was given bail in December.
The apex drug law enforcement agency had raided Bollywood filmmaker Firoz Nadiadwala’s residence in Juhu and arrested his wife Shabana on 8 November. Some amount of Ganja was allegedly recovered ganja during the raid.