Actor Rhea Chakraborty has been summoned again for questioning on Monday for the second consecutive day by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is probing the drugs angle in the death by suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 at his flat in Bandra, Mumbai.
Chakraborty was questioned for over 6 hours on Sunday and the melee of the media surrounding her to get her quote and reaction made the front pages of the major dailies in Delhi. Twitter users were alarmed at the crowd which had hemmed the actor in and was in flagrant violation of any norms of social distancing.
On Friday, the NCB had arrested Rhea’s brother Showik and Rajput’s manager Samuel Miranda after questioning them. Officials were quoted by reports as saying Showik had named several people from whom he either bought marijuana or paid money. The NCB had zeroed in on 3 drug peddlers for selling the contraband drug to the actor. The Bureau sees Showik as the procurer of the marijuana which would be relayed to Rajput, already suffering from depression, via Rhea. It is expected the NCB will confront Rhea with Showik’s statements.
After the arrest of Showik, Rhea’s father Indrajit Chakraborty had expressed his disappointment in a statement. A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Chakraborty said that a middle-class family has been effectively demolished and that it is justified because it is in the name of justice.
The central agencies – the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and NCB – are probing several angles in the death of Rajput. A report in the Economic Times quoting an unnamed CBI official said the agency will probe the angle of nepotism and if Bollywood studios discriminated against Rajput by not choosing him for their projects.
After the Mumbai Police had registered Rajput’s death as a suicide, the deceased actor’s family had filed a complaint in Patna that Rhea had troubled the actor leading to his death. Following the bitter clashes between the Maharashtra and Bihar governments, the Supreme Court had handed over the investigation to the CBI.