Sushant case: NCB’s questioning of Rhea continues for second day

After six hours of questioning on Saturday, she will be questioned today in the presence of her arrested brother

Rhea Chakraborty arriving at Narcotics Control Bureau office in Mumbai. Photo: ANI/Twitter

Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty is being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau in south Mumbai, a day after her six-hour questioning in a drugs case linked to the probe into the young actor’s death in June.

The 28-year-old would be questioned in the presence of the arrested accused, including her brother Showik, Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda, his domestic help Dinesh Sawant and Zaid Vilatra.

“This is a witch hunt…Rhea is ready for arrest. If loving someone is a crime, she will face the consequences of her love. Being innocent, she has not approached any court for anticipatory bail in all the cases foisted by Bihar police now with CBI, ED and NCB,” said Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde on Sunday.

Showik and Samuel Miranda were remanded in the NCB custody on Saturday till September 9.

In its application, the NCB said Showik had to be confronted “with other accused who are in its custody to uncover the linkages of network which indulged in selling and purchasing drugs.”

The NCB said that during questioning, alleged drug peddler Abdel Basit Parihar, who was also arrested, had said he procured drugs from Vilatra and Ebrahim, on Showik’s instructions. He also claimed Showik told him to give drugs to Miranda. NCB officials said Showik’s phone messages include the one in which he asked Miranda to pay Vilatra Rs 10,000 for 5 gm of ‘bud’, a form of marijuana.

The NCB said Showik was also needed to verify the financial trail.

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Rhea’s father Indrajit Chakraborty on Saturday condemned the arrest of his 24-year-old son Showik Chakraborty.

“Congratulations India, you have arrested my son, I’m sure next on the line is my daughter and I don’t know who is next thereafter. You have effectively demolished a middle class family. But of course, for the sake of justice everything is justified. Jai hind,” the statement from Lt Col Indrajit Chakraborty (Retd), who has also been questioned by the CBI for days, read.

“We have conducted searches at Miranda’s and Showik’s homes. The investigation is at a preliminary stage and details can’t be revealed at the moment,” said an NCB officer.

In the meantime, the CBI has questioned Rajput’s sister Meetu Singh. Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on June 14.

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