In a massive development, accused drug peddler Karamjeet Singh has allegedly given a list of 150 names to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of those involved in the Bollywood drug cartel. This list comes along with big names from the industry being summoned in the probe, including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, Simone Khambatta, as well as TV stars like Abigail Pande and others, and producers such as Dharma Productions’ Executive Producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad.
The Narcotics Control Bureau has registered two FIRs as part of its probe that followed the death by suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The first case (FIR 15/20) was on the basis of purported chats of actor Rhea Chakraborty that were retrieved by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that is probing a money laundering case against her. The ED provided these chats to NCB as they claimed that some of the chats were about marijuana.
Two days after this case, the NCB registered another FIR (16/20) suo moto with the express target of “uprooting the drug citadel in Bollywood” and have arrested 19 persons in the case, including Rhea and her brother Showik. So far no arrests have been made in the first FIR registered against Rhea.
As per the latest reports, Kshitij Ravi Prasad has been asked to join the probe by 11 am on Friday. His summons will take place on the same day as Deepika Padukone is to be questioned by the agency. The NCB which has managed to track down multiple drug peddlers across Mumbai and Goa has begun to compile a list of ‘A-listers’ who are involved in the alleged drug cartel in the film industry.
NCB officials said they have summoned Deepika and her manager Karishma Prakash, another Kwan employee, based on some WhatsApp chats of Jaya Saha. Apart from them, even producer Madhu Mantena, also a Kwan director, was summoned on the basis of Saha’s questioning. Since Saha is named as an accused in the first FIR all of them have been called in connection with this case. Rakul Preet Singh too has been summoned in connection with this context.
Amidst all of this drug conspiracy, KWAN Talent Management Agency’s name has been floating around, more so after certain chats between talent managers and celebs revealed a drug connection. KWAN manages the work of top Bollywood actors such as Deepika, Shraddha, Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandes amongst various others.
There are two versions here. While NCB sources said their names had come up during the interrogation of Rhea Chakraborty between September 6–9, before she was placed under arrest, her lawyer Satish Maneshinde has said Chakraborty has not mentioned any names during her interrogation. Sara and Shraddha have been summoned in FIR 16/20 in which Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and 17 others have been arrested.
Following are chats accesed by times now which are circulating in the social media.
As per the chats, N says to J, “You promised me, get me some nice MD (apparently referring to MDMA) in Bombay and we will party together.”
To which, J responds, “How you are making me into a peddler. However, your wish is my command.”
In another WhatsApp exchanges, J says, “Hello, I’m sending the CBD oil with Jinal today.” Replying to J, S says, “Thank you.”
The Bollywood A-listers whose names appeared in these chats are under NCB scanner and are likely to be summoned by the anti-drugs agency in the near future.
The ones with N and S initials are allegedly top female actors.
In another chat that dates back to 2017, D asks K, “…Maal you have.” To which, K says, “ I have but at home. I am at Bandra…”
K further says, “I can ask Amit if you want”. D replies, “Yes!! Please.”
“Amit has, he is carrying it,” K says, to which D replies, “hash na. No weed.”
According to sources within NCB, the person with D initial is Deepika Padukone.