Officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have been examining declared drug usage in Bollywood for the last month in connection with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, a popular actor who was found dead at his house in June.
The NCB is scheduled to question starlet Deepika Padukone, among the markets most widely known names, on Saturday, Indian media reported. Authorities at NCBs Mumbai office did not react to calls from Reuters.
Padukone, 34, amongst the industrys greatest paid stars, was seen landing in Mumbai late on Thursday, ahead of her questioning on Saturday, according to regional TELEVISION news. Padukone or her representatives were not right away readily available to comment.
The 191 billion rupee ($ 2.59 billion) Indian film industry, of which Mumbai-based Bollywood forms a major part, has actually been having problem with a lean year, as theatres continue to remain shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mumbai cops initially reported Rajputs death as regional and unexpected media called it a suicide, however the federal cops agency is now investigating if there was any nasty play.
Previously this month, the NCB detained starlet Rhea Chakraborty, who had been dating Rajput at the time of his death, for being “active in a drug syndicate connected with drug supplies”, according to a copy of her bail order.
Chakraborty and her bro Showik are presently in jail in Mumbai.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A few of Bollywoods most significant stars are being questioned in an expanding drug probe by federal agencies that has actually sent shockwaves through Indias beleaguered movie industry and controlled prime time news headlines.
The NCB has actually currently questioned a number of widely known individuals linked to the market today in Mumbai, consisting of manufacturers, talent supervisors and a style designer.
The examination is intended at discovering a possible nexus in between the movie industry and the drug trade, an Indian police authorities told Reuters.
” We do not know who is next. Its scary,” stated a Bollywood producer, who did not desire to be called, adding that there were fears that more big names could include in the probe.
Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar in Mumbai and Aditya Kalra in New Delhi; Editing by Gareth Jones