The Bureau of Drugs Control has arrested Showik brother of Rhea Chakraborty, and SSR house manager Samuel Miranda. The NCB looks further into the suspected drug ring connected to the case of Sushant Singh Rajput. Showik and his sister, Rhea Chakraborty, were accused, among other allegations, of abatement to the actor’s suicide in a FIR filed by Sushant ‘s family earlier. The NCB, along with the CBI and compliance directorate (ED), is investigating the death of Sushant.
Earlier in the day, the NCB carried out raids at a number of locations, including at the homes of Showik Chakraborty and the late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda. The NCB also took Showik and Miranda for questioning at its office after conducting searches for two hours.
NCB Deputy Director KPS Malhotra told the media that the homes of Showik were being searched, but declined to elaborate.
On June 14, Sushant was found dead in his home in Mumbai. At that time, Mumbai Police had concluded it was a case of suicide, and investigated reasons that might have caused Sushant to end his life.
Many conflicting theories have emerged since then, adding to the mystery. Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her family has been accused by the late actor’s father KK Singh of abetting his son’s suicide, among other charges. Now, there is a drug angle to it.
A team of NCB officials accompanied by police officials raided the residence of Showik in Santa Cruz (West) area and Miranda’s house in suburban Andheri (West) area from 6:30am, news agency PTI reported. Showik lives with Rhea.
The search teams included some women officials and they were seen wearing masks and gloves and using multiple vehicles, PTI said.
KPS Malhotra, NCB deputy firector (operations) who is heading the agency’s probe team, was seen leading the search and he told reporters that the houses of Showik and Miranda were being searched and that this is a “procedural” action. The bureau is looking to gather additional evidence through this action and some documents have been seized by the search teams, another official said.
hey said both Showik and Miranda, house manager of Rajput, were handed over summons to join the investigation during the search. “They have intended to go along (with the search team) due to media presence,” an officer said, according to PTI.
They are taken by the NCB search team and will be questioned at the agency’s zonal office in the Ballard Estate area, the officer said.
NCB has arrested two alleged drug peddlers operating in Mumbai in this case and three other people. The two arrested are Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar.
Parihar, the 23-year-old Bandra resident arrested on Thursday as part of NCB’s ongoing probe, was produced before a metropolitan magistrate on Friday and remanded in custody till September 9.
Bandra resident Parihar was arrested after interrogating Vilatra. Parihar is learnt to have “links” with the narcotics case registered against Rhea Chakraborty, 28, and others. Parihar is linked to a person who in turn was allegedly reported to be featuring in chats recovered from the mobile phone of Rhea and Showik, officials have said.
Rhea is the main accused in the death case of the 34-year-old actor that is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) on money laundering charges and NCB. The bureau is probing the drug angle in this case under the criminal sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act after the ED shared with it a report following the cloning of two mobile phones of Rhea.
NCB has said that it is looking into “the drug citadel in Mumbai, and especially Bollywood” in this case. According to officials, the mobile phone chats and messages indicated procurement, transportation and consumption of drugs and these leads were shared by the ED with the NCB and the CBI. NCB is understood to have obtained the phone records of other accused in the case too.