The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has moved the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court, asking for voice samples of eight accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput-related drugs case. Among the eight are Showik Chakraborty (brother of actress Rhea Chakraborty) and film executive producer Kshitij Prasad.
The NCB told the court they needed the samples as voice calls had to be verified. Chakraborty and Prasad are out on bail. The plea will come up for hearing on 22 January.
The Special NDPS Court granted Showik bail in connection to the drugs case on 2 December 2020. The NCB had arrested him after a drugs angle emerged during Sushant’s death case probe.
NCB on a drug peddler hunt
The NCB, which is probing into drug rackets involving several high-profile personalities, carried out raids at two places in Mumbai on Friday. This comes after Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan was arrested and sent to NCB custody. He is currently being probed in connection with the case.
Recently, Mumbai’s famous Muchhad Paanwala was arrested in the drug case. Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal was also probed in a drug-related case. He was questioned by the NCB on November 13, after raids were conducted at his residence on November 9. His girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades was later questioned for six hours on the same day.
Earlier, the Bureau had conducted raids in the Bandra and Jhar areas of Mumbai and arrested UK Citizen Karan Sajnanai and Rahila Furniturewala, ex-manager of a Bollywood actress and her sister Shaista Furniturewala.
Sister remembers brother
Meanwhile, Shweta Singh Kirti has shared a note, written by her late brother and actor Sushant Singh Rajput on social media, remembering the Sonchiriya star.
In the hand-written note by Sushant, he said, “I think I spent 30 years of my life, the first 30, trying to become something. I wanted to become good at things, I wanted to become good at tennis, and school and grades. And everything I viewed in that perspective. I am not okay the way I am, but if I got good at things.”
“I realised I had the game wrong. Because the game was always to find out what I already was!” he added. Sharing the note, Shweta wrote on Instagram, “Written by Bhai…the thought so profound #ForeverSushant.”
Sushant would often post such thoughts on his Instagram account. In an April 2020 post, he had written, “What if consciousness is not something special that the brain does but is instead a quality inherent to all matter in the universe? It is a theory known as “#panpsychism” and it is one interesting perspective indeed, for both science enthusiasts and spiritual alike.”
Sushant was found dead in his Mumbai flat on 14 June 2020. Mumbai Police first declared he died by suicide. However, the CBI is currently probing into the cause of the actor’s death.
Making a mark with his impressive Bollywood debut in Kai Po Che, Sushant won hearts with his subsequent projects. These included MS Dhoni The Untold Story, Sonchiriya and Chhichhore. His last film, Dil Bechara, released nearly a month after his death.
TV anchor, film actress gain most out of Sushant’s death as probe goes awry
While people suspected murder from the ligature marks around Rajput’s neck and Mumbai Police’s fishy conduct, soon the issue got derailed to a debate on nepotism, with Republic TV hogging TRPs with its yelling shows going in all directions, and actress Kangana Ranaut finding in the death of the actor an opportunity to stay in news headlines every day. Anything that the NCB or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said it had found out, Kangana came on Arnab Goswami’s show to claim such a thing had happened to her too.
Thereafter, both Goswami and Ranaut got embroiled in tussles with the Maharatshtra government led by the Shiv Sena whose heir apparent Aaditya Thackeray was once seen as a suspect due to his proximity with actor Salman Khan and his protege Suraj Pancholi, both of whom were bitter about Sushant Singh Rajput.
Media then started discussing Republic TV‘s alleged TRP scam and Kangana Ranaut’s demolished property in Mumbai, forgetting gradually the questionable death of the promising actor from Bihar.
Meanwhile, the CBI has said nothing other than its last statement about the case where it had said it was not ruling out anything. This statement followed a controversy surrounding a comment by the head of the AIIMS panel that was testing a fraction of Sushant’s viscera that it was a case of suicide and not murder. The panel head, Dr Sudhir Gupta, had allegedly told the Rajput family’s lawyer Vikas Singh months ago that he suspected murder.
There is no news of the third investigating agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which was supposed to be probing a possible role of money-laundering in the mysterious death of the actor.
Finally, while the NCB is digging out an addict, consumer or supplier of contraband substances every other day, the nation was interested to know whether Sushant Singh Rajput was murdered and not whether Bollywood does drugs.