The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which has been investigating the mysterious death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput from the contraband angle, has filed a lengthy charge sheet on 5 March before a special NDPS court.
The charge sheet has named 33 as accused, including Rhea Chakraborty. It contains statements of 200 witnesses. The hard copy contains over 12,000 pages and the digital format is around 50,000 pages.
The charge sheet has gone beyond Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and traced the trail of narcotics — its sourcing and then distribution — in Mumbai.
Going by the first arrest the agency made in September, NCB had six months’ time to file the charge sheet. The case was registered in August after the Enforcement Directorate shared private WhatsApp chats between actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty and some of Sushant Singh Rajput’s staff. Rhea, Showik, Dipesh and Miranda were booked for alleged drug supply and harbouring drug traffickers.
The drugs case was registered with the agency in August last year after a disclosure by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED had shared its disclosure with NCB regarding chat messages discussing procurement of drugs found from mobile phones of Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty, Sushant Singh Rajput’s former talent manager Jayanti Saha and other employees including Dipesh Sawant, Samuel Miranda and few others.
All of them were accused by the agency of procuring and supplying drugs for the late actor.
In its six-month long probe, the agency conducted raids in several locations of Maharashtra and claimed to have busted some rackets actively operating in he city and allegedly inside Bollywood.
The agency recorded statements of actors like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal among others.
All these statements and other findings by the agency have been submitted to the court. The submissions will now be verified and then the accused will be asked to appear before the court.