Bollywood Star Deepika Padukone Questioned in Drug Probe

Updated 28 September, 2020 | 12:56 IST

Indian media reports that Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have also been quizzed as a part of a widening investigation into the entertainment industry’s links to drugs and cartels.
Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan were questioned by India’s narcotics agency on Saturday as a part of a widening investigation linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Padukone, who featured in Hollywood film xXx: Return of Xander Cage, is that the most high-profile star to be quizzed by India’s Narcotics control panel (NCB). Local media reports say the Piku actress was questioned at an NCB office in Mumbai for 6 hours. Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash was questioned on Friday.

Kapoor and Ali Khan were questioned at NCB offices afterward Saturday. Last Friday, actress Rakul Preet Singh was brought certain questioning. quite a dozen people in India’s show business have now been questioned in an investigation that’s the talk about Bollywood and therefore the country.

Authorities haven’t yet accused or charged the actresses with any wrongdoing.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone
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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone arrives to attend questioning by Narcotics Control Bureau officials in Mumbai.
The expanding probe follows the arrest earlier this month of Rajput’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, for allegedly buying drugs for him, a claim she has repeatedly denied.

Rising Bollywood star Rajput, who gained plaudits for his turn in sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, was found dead at the age 34 in his Mumbai apartment in June. Police ruled that Rajput had died by suicide.

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His family later filed a police complaint against Chakraborty, her brother, and Rajput’s former house manager for supplying the late actor with cannabis. That initial probe has now morphed into a bigger investigation of narcotics in India’s show business and now involves three federal agencies.

The agencies involved have released few details about the investigation which successively has created fevered media speculation with the story dominating newspapers, news sites, and cable TV in India.

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