Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested in Mumbai by the Narcotics Control Bureau after three days of questioning in connection with drugs-related allegations in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Sources say she admitted to organizing drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput and also consuming them at times, during her questioning.
The 28-year-old actor, named as an accused in the CBI investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on June 14, had earlier denied consuming drugs. Her brother Showik Chakraborty was arrested last week.
The Narcotics Control Bureau started its inquiries based on WhatsApp chats retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty’s phone, which revealed conversations around procuring drugs, allegedly for Sushant Singh Rajput. Rhea Chakraborty was first summoned on Sunday, when she was mobbed by the media upon her arrival for questioning at the drugs agency’s office in Mumbai.
On Monday, Rhea Chakraborty made an emotional declaration, according to sources, telling the Narcotics Control Bureau – “Whatever I did, I did for Sushant”.
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Rhea Chakraborty was questioned for several hours along with her brother on Monday.
Sources said the actor had denied consuming drugs but had been evasive on certain questions.
Rhea Chakraborty had told NDTV in an interview in August that she had never consumed drugs but did try and stop Sushant Singh Rajput, whom she had been dating for about a year. She has also repeatedly said she expressed concern for his mental and physical health.
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The Narcotics Control Bureau claims to have evidence linking Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda (Sushant Rajput’s house manager) to the purchase of marijuana.
The bureau claims that Dipesh Sawant (a member of Mr Rajput’s domestic staff) collected and delivered a total of 165 grams of marijuana between March and June – on orders from Rhea and Showik Chakraborty. Sawant also told the investigators he saw Mr Rajput smoke marijuana in September 2018.
The drugs case hinges on the seizure of 59 grams of curated marijuana from two alleged drug peddlers and their purported links to Sushant Singh Rajput.
Rhea Chakraborty is being investigated by three central agencies over allegations by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family that she exploited the actor for money, mentally harassed him and had a role in his death.