Sushant case: NCB quizzes housekeeping manager, Rhea’s brother

Mumbai


Agency is probing the drug angle to Sushant’s death.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday questioned actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother, Showik, and actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s housekeeping manager, Samuel Miranda, after searches in their premises in Mumbai. 

NCB teams reached the houses of Mr. Showik and Mr. Samuel early in the morning to conduct searches. Subsequently, the two were served summonses and taken to the agency’s office for questioning as part of the probe into the drug angle to Sushant’s death. The two were questioned for over eight hours.

Bandra resident arrest

The move came a day after the NCB detained another suspect for questioning. It earlier arrested a Bandra resident named Basit Parihar, after he purportedly disclosed that he knew one of the persons under the scanner in the Sushant case.

At Parihar’s instance, the NCB zeroed in on the suspect, identified as Kaizan Ibrahim.

The NCB got fresh leads in the Sushant case following raids in a separate case in Mumbai in August last week. Two persons, Abbas Lakhani and Karn Arora, were arrested for allegedly possessing bud (curated marijuana).

The follow-up probe uncovered the links of Lakhani with Zaid Vilatra, said the NCB.

The NCB arrested Zaid, an alleged drug peddler. “Zaid disclosed that he ran an eatery shop in Bandra, which was not doing well since the lockdown. He then got into peddling drugs, particularly bud, through which he earned a substantial amount of money,” an NCB official had said.

Drug dealer’s link

Based on Vilatra’s purported disclosures, the NCB arrested Parihar and found that he was allegedly linked to the case registered on the basis of information received from the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The NCB will also examine Ms. Chakraborty.

During the money laundering probe in the Sushant case, ED officials retrieved several mobile chats indicating procurement, transportation and consumption of banned drugs by some suspects.

The CBI, which is probing the allegations of abetment of suicide, conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust, theft, wrongful restraint and confinement, on Friday again examined the chief executive officer of a talent management company, in which Disha Salian worked.

Disha was allegedly hired for Sushant through Ms. Chakraborty. She fell from a 14-floor flat in Malad and died on June 8, following which the actor expressed a fear that he might be framed, as alleged.

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