Actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik and Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda are expected to be produced before a Mumbai court this morning. They have been taken to a city hospital for a routine medical examination ahead of being presented in court.
Sources have told NDTV that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will seek five-day custody of both Mr Miranda and Showik Chakraborty. Rhea Chakraborty, meanwhile, is likely to be summoned for further questioning tomorrow, sources added.
Samuel Miranda and Showik Chakraborty were arrested on Friday after being questioned by the NCB, which is probing allegations of drug abuse surrounding Mr Rajput’s death in June. They have been charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law, sources said.
Early Friday (September 4), an NCB team, accompanied by cops, raided the homes of Showik Chakraborty and Mr Miranda. The search teams included women officials and they were seen wearing masks and gloves and using multiple vehicles.
NCB Deputy Director (operations) KPS Malhotra, who is heading the probe team of the agency, was seen leading the search and he told journalists that the houses of Showik and Miranda were being searched as a “procedural” action. Showik and Rhea Chakraborty live in the same house.
Another senior official said the agency is looking to gather additional evidence and some documents have been seized by the search teams. They said both Showik and Miranda were handed over summons to join the investigation during the search.
Later in the day, the two men were taken by the NCB search team and questioned at the agency’s office in the city.
The NCB has arrested seven people so far in this case including Showik Chakraborty’s and Samuel Miranda.
The two arrested drug dealers are Zaid Vilatra, 21, and Abdel Basit Parihar while Kaizan Ibrahim is being questioned since Thursday.
Parihar is learnt to have “links” with the narcotics case registered against Sushant Singh’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, 28, and others, news agency PTI reported.
Parihar is linked to a person who in turn allegedly featured in chats recovered from the mobile phone of Rhea and Showik, officials have said.
Rhea Chakraborty has been accused in the death of the 34-year-old actor that is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the NCB, and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on money laundering charges. The NCB began the probing intro the drug angle in this case after inputs from the ED.
The 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.
(With inputs from PTI)
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