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Sushant case: Rhea was part of many drug-dedicated WA groups

The Enforcement Directorate, while investigating the case against Rhea Chakraborty in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, has found multiple chat groups where narcotic drugs were discussed. The agency officials have found another lead where a National level snooker and billiards player, Rishabh Thakkar, is under the scanner for dealing in narcotic drugs. Rishabh Thakkar, a resident of Juhu, was summoned by the ED and grilled for eight hours on 1 September.

This particular chat is different from the other chats that have surfaced till date. This group on WhatsApp was created for a wedding function trip to Udaipur and Rhea Chakraborty, Rishabh Thakkar and Kunal Jani along with others were a part of the group.

Jani is a Bandra based hotelier who is the director of the hotel along with actress Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra. According to sources, chats found in this group were regarding the purchase of doobies and consumption was being discussed. Based on these chats, Kunal Jani was summoned and questioned on 31 August while Thakkar was grilled on 1 September. Jani has told the ED officials that he did not indulge in any kind of peddling while he has consumed narcotic drugs occassionally in parties. He said that he knows Rhea as a friend.

Thakkar told the ED officials that he knew Rhea personally through common friends but has never supplied any drugs to her. Also, Rhea did not attend the wedding for which the WhatsApp group was created.

The other chats that have surfaced were of Sushants house group which included Samuel Miranda, Shruti Modi, Rhea, Showik and other staffers including Sushant himself. Some direct chats between Thakkar and a person where he is asking him to collect the contraband from him and pay a certain amount are also under the scanner. Similarly, a transaction found by ED officials is under scanner for which Thakkar could be summoned again. The details will be shared with Narcotics Control Bureau for further probe by ED.

Sources said that Thakkar has played opposite some top snooker and billard players in the past. Rishabh Thakkar’s circle of friends is under the scanner now. He was asked if Rhea bought any contraband from him.

Thakkar, according to sources, told ED officials that he was not dealing in drugs but one transaction and the chat message discussing contraband and its payments remains under scanner. His financial transactions are also being scanned. He will be called again by the ED for questioning.

Meanwhile, Gaurav Arya was questioned on the second consecutive day by ED officials. Arya submitted all his bank and financial documents to ED officials on 1 September and maintained that he had never dealt or supplied drugs to Rhea or anyone else. The Enforcement Directorate, in the coming days, could summon some more people who are a part of the chats.

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