News Desk, Amar Ujala, Mumbai
Updated Sat, 21 Nov 2020 12:00 PM IST
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Narcotics Control Bureau conducts a raid at the residence of comedian Bharti Singh in Mumbai: NCB#Maharashtra
– ANI (@ANI) November 21, 2020
NCB has been raiding continuously since the drugs angle surfaced after the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. NCB’s screws on the drugs case are being tightened on Bollywood stars.
Earlier in the drugs case, Arjun Rampal reached the NCB office on Friday where he was questioned for hours in the drugs case. Arjun was questioned by his live-in partner Gabriella Demetriades for two days. Arjun Rampal’s friend Paul Bartel was then produced in the court, from where Bartel has been remanded to judicial custody till 25 November.
At the same time, the investigation of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which started to explore drugs angle in the case of Sushant’s death, is now moving in another direction. Not only is the Sushant case facing the NCB now, but it has to trace the roots of the alleged drug racket in Mumbai’s Bollywood. Now how far these roots have spread and what ‘influential’ things are working behind it, it will be clear only after investigation.
Sources at NCB’s Delhi-based headquarters say that large syndicates are surviving in the case. Initially, the investigation of the case proceeded in such a way that many of the locations in Mumbai and Goa where the agency hoped to get drugs were cleared. Hotels and farm houses of influential people, where drugs are common, but nothing could be found there.
The investigation is revolving around the drug peddler. The interrogation of four of the five big personalities of the cinema world also could not show the investigation agency the way out of the confines of the chatterbox. On the other hand, the Supreme Court has recently passed an important judgment in a narcotics case.
It states that under NDPS Act, the statement of an accused before a police officer cannot be considered as evidence. The NCB has so far arrested 23 people in this case. After interrogation of them, more than three dozen places have been raided.