The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday registered a case against Rhea Chakraborty and her family members in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The NCB is probing the drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
The agency has booked Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty and others in the case. They have been booked under multiple sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Meanwhile, those booked by NCB are already being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.
ED asked NCB to probe the drug angle
NCB’s deputy director (operations) KPS Malhotra will be supervising the case. A three-member team has been formed in Delhi that will work with the Mumbai team in investigating the matter. On August 25, ED had written to NCB asking them to probe the death angle in the actor’s death case.
The Narcotics Control Bureau is the latest agency to be drawn into the case. which is already being investigated by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. The Mumbai police and Patna police also probed the case, which has sprouted massive speculation and conspiracy theories over the last two months.
Rhea never consumed drugs, claims lawyer
Notably, Rhea Chakraborty’s WhatsApp messages retrieved by the probe agencies indicated that she sporadically used drugs like marijuana, MDMA, etc. However, her lawyer has said in a statement that she has never consumed drugs.
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The actress has also expressed that she is ready to go for a blood test any time to prove the same.
SC ordered CBI probe
The Supreme Court had on August 19 allowed the CBI to take over the investigation in the death of the actor. Additionally, it asked the Mumbai police to hand over all evidence it has collected to the agency.
The court upheld the FIR registered in Patna based on a complaint by Sushant Singh’s father. It also said that a fair, competent and impartial probe was the need of the hour to stop speculation.
The court said the Patna Police had not committed illegality in lodging an FIR against Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and six others. The complaint accused Chakraborty and others of abetting the suicide of the 34-year-old actor.
The Supreme Court said since the Mumbai police had registered only an accidental death report, it had limited investigation powers. However, the Bihar police had registered a full-fledged FIR which already stands referred to the CBI.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.
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