NCB summons Deepika Padukone’s manager in drugs probe

Besides, a talent management  agency's CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar has also been summoned on Tuesday

Karishma Prakash
Deepika was reportedly confronted with Karishma during her NCB grilling | File Photo: Twitter

Actor Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash, along with a talent management  agency’s CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, has been summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with its probe into the alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Both of them will be questioned by the NCB on Tuesday (September 22) afternoon, said an official. Chitgopekar is the CEO of KWAN talent management agency and Karishma Prakash is employed with the agency, he added.

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Besides, the NCB also questioned Rajput’s former talent manager Jaya Saha on Monday. During her questioning, the NCB got information about many persons allegedly having an active role in the Bollywood-drug nexus, the official said.


Some WhatsApp chats of the persons who were questioned earlier by the NCB suggested discussion about drugs, he said.

The NCB has so far arrested more than 12 people, including Rajput’s girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty, in connection with the probe into the drugs angle in the case of the actor’s death.

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Rhea’s judicial custody ends today. She was arrested on September 9 by the NCB and was remanded 14-day judicial custody. According to NCB, the messages retrieved from Rhea’s phone indicated that she used to procure drugs for Rajput.

Reports earlier suggested that Rhea had named actors Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor during her interrogation by the NCB. The two actors are likely to be summoned by the anti-drug agency in connection with the investigation.

Rajput (34) was found hanging at his home in Bandra area here on June 14.