Actor Arjun Rampal was questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for over six hours on Friday in connection with the anti-drugs probe that began with inquiries into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June. While leaving the agency’s office, Rampal said the substances which were found during a NCB raid on his residence this week were part of a prescription.
Rampal said he was cooperating with the investigation and said he doesn’t take such kinds of things and he has nothing to do with drugs. The substances that were found at his residence has been handed over, he added.
Rampal praised the NCB team for doing a good job, Rampal said he is ready to cooperate with the investigation team.
The actor’s home had been searched on Monday after which the summons had been issued. Gabriella Demetriades, was questioned for nearly six hours each on Wednesday and Thursday. Her brother, Agisialos Demetriades, has been arrested twice over alleged drugs links.
The NCB has also arrested Paul Bartel, an Australian architect whose name emerged after the questioning of Agisialos Demetriades, a South African national who is currently in the agency’s custody.
On Monday, film producer Firoz Nadiadwala was summoned by the NCB. A day earlier his wife, Shabana Saeed, was arrested after investigators allegedly found 10 grams of marijuana at their home in Mumbai’s Juhu during a raid.
The Nadiadwala residence had been searched following the arrest of drug peddler Wahid Abdul Kadir Shaikh in Andheri a few days earlier. As the agency tracked Shaikh’s clients, links to Ms Saeed, who allegedly purchased 10 grams of the contraband from him, emerged, the NCB said.
Over the last two months top Bollywood actors including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor have been questioned by the NCB in drug related cases. The agency has said this is part of its attempt to unravel a network of supply of drugs to celebrities in Bollywood