The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probing the drug angle in the alleged suicide case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on Friday arrested his actor girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik and Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda. The NCB has not recovered any contraband from their possession, officials said.
Both will be produced in a court on Saturday. The duo has been booked under sections that pertain to production, manufacture, possession, sale, purchase and transport of narcotic or psychotropic substance and abetment and conspiracy under the NDPS Act. The offence carries a maximum punishment of one year and a fine.
The arrested duo had procured marijuana from drug peddlers for Rajput, officials claimed. The duo, however, did not use marijuana, sources said. Officials are also probing the role of Rhea based on the chats recovered from her mobile.
NCB officials said the drug, Bud, a curated form of marijuana is in demand in Bollywood and sold for around Rs 5,000 per gram and claimed that it want to uproot the drug cartel in Mumbai, especially Bollywood.
Rhea Chakraborty in an interview had said Rajput used to smoke marijuana. “Sushant used to smoke marijuana and drink regularly.”
The Enforcement Directorate probing the money laundering angle had found chat messages pertaining to drugs on Rhea’s mobile that triggered this investigation. The ED had passed on the details to the NCB. The ED had cloned her mobile and found her involvement in purchase, consumption, transportation and usage of contraband, NCB had claimed. Officials said her Whatsapp chats with other entities point to conspiracy and abetment. Earlier in the day, NCB carried out searches at Rhea’s Bandra residence where she stayed with her brother Showik, and Miranda’s flat in Sahar village. Both were brought to the NCB office where they were questioned before placing them under arrest at 9 pm.
NCB had earlier arrested another ‘drug supplier’, Basit Parihar, who has been remanded in custody till September 9. “Basit Parihar has not only admitted to having purchased and sold marijuana, but he has said he used to procure drugs from Vilatra and Kaizan (two other suspects) as per Showik’s instructions and was directing them to deliver it to Samuel,” Parihar’s remand application states.
Zaid Vilatra was arrested Wednesday, while Kaizan Ibrahim was being questioned by officials. He is likely to be arrested by Saturday morning, officials said.
Basit’s lawyer Tarak Sayyed said, “These are youngsters from affluent families. How is the NCB branding them drug peddlers? They have been remanded in custody though nothing has been recovered from them and the sections under which they are arrested are bailable.”