Multiple new summons have been issued following an alleged drug link that surfaced after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s apparent suicide.
The Narcotics Control Bureau wants Deepika Padukone to appear in court on September 25, while Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor will appear on September 26. Rakul Preet Singh was also summoned.
Khan and Singh’s names reportedly came up during the interrogation of Rajput’s partner, Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested by the NCB on Tuesday, September 8, for allegedly scoring drugs for Rajput.
Padukone’s name was brought up during an interrogation of Rajput’s talent manager Jaya Saha, who works for KWAN talent management — the same company where Paudkone’s manager Karishma Prakash works.
Prakash was also summoned by the NCB but has been exempt, citing poor "health" as the reason.
Earlier this month, OK! reported that Bollywood actress Chakraborty was arrested by the NCB in India for a drug-related incident in connection with the death of her boyfriend, Rajput.
The case revolves around Chakraborty’s involvement in an ongoing investigation into an alleged Bollywood drug trafficking ring. Chakraborty allegedly obtained 59 grams of marijuana, which she allegedly gave to Rajput.
According to India’s The Tribune, the 28-year-old was questioned by the police for three days before being sentenced to 14-days in judicial custody by a magistrates' court. The NCB alleged she "is an active member of the drug syndicate connected with drug supplies."
Chakraborty and Rajput started dating in the summer of 2019. The couple moved in together in December 2019. On June 14, Rajput was found dead in his apartment of an apparent suicide. He was 34 years old.
Following the actor’s death, Rajput’s family accused Chakraborty of encouraging him to commit suicide and stealing the late actor's money. However, after 18 hours of questioning, the Enforcement Directorate could not find "substantial direct transfers" from Rajput's bank accounts to Chakraborty or any of her relatives.
Her current charges could land her in jail for up to 10 years if found guilty.