Bollywood’s A-List actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have been summoned by India’s NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) in a drugs investigation that has unfolded during the death investigation of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Most recently, Karan Johar’s name has also come up as NCB suspects that cocaine was heavily used at one of his parties.
The NCB is said to be investigating two cases: in the first case, they are looking at the alleged involvement of actress Rhea Chakraborty in procuring and financing drugs for her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput, and in the second case NCB is investigating the alleged prevalence of drug use in the Indian film industry.
Several top actresses have been caught in the controversy.
Deepika Padukone has been summoned as her name appeared as Admin of a private WhatsApp group titled ‘Maal’. The group is apparently managed by Jaya Saha (Sushant Singh’s talent manager), and Deepika is asking for procurement of drugs from her business manager Karishma. Karishma has also been summoned by the NCB. Having arrived in Mumbai with Deepika, Ranveer Singh has requested the court to allow her to be by her side as she suffers from severe anxiety.
The NCB spokesperson said that they have summoned Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan based on claims made by drug peddlers currently in their custody. They say they have been in touch with both of them and have supplied weed to them. Sara Ali Khan is also under focus as she worked with Sushant Singh Rajput on the film Kedarnath, during the filming of which SSR’s dependency on drugs heightened.
Sushant’s death was initially reported as suicide by the media but now there is a serious possibility of some foul play with the involvement of a drug cartel. Prime suspects Rhea and her brother both are currently in Mumbai jail.
Meanwhile, Karan Johar has issued a strong statement refuting all allegations.