Karishma Prakash, the manager of actor Deepika Padukone, is absconding after drugs were recovered from her house in Mumbai on Tuesday, Narcotics Control Bureau officials said.
The bureau has issued her a summons to appear before it and a notice has been pasted on her door, they said, adding that many varieties of drugs were recovered from her home, but they were in small quantities.
The NCB conducted the search at her house after arrested peddlers revealed her name during interrogation
Prakash has been questioned earlier by the NCB in connection with the drugs case that emerged during the investigations into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The NCB said that she had mentioned about drugs in her WhatsApp chats with Deepika Padukone.
Even Deepika Padukone has been questioned by the NCB in this case. Many other stars including Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh have also been interrogated.
Karishma and Deepika had used words such as ‘maal’, ‘weed’, ‘hash’ and ‘doob’ in their chats in 2017. During their interrogations earlier, they told the NCB that the ‘code’ words meant cigarette and they were used for “fun”.
The names of Deepika and Shraddha Kapoor had allegedly figured in the WhatsApp messages found in the phone used by Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent manager of Jaya Saha.
Rajput’s former girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty were arrested in the case. The Bombay High Court granted her bail on October 7.
Rhea has now moved the high court seeking the dismissal of a petition filed by Rajput’s sisters who want a case filed against them for allegedly buying medicines for him with fake medical prescriptions cancelled.