In a statement, actor Rakul Preet Singh has denied receiving “the alleged summons” of the Narcotics Control Bureau either in Mumbai or in Hyderabad, where she is believed to be living currently. She was to be questioned in a drug probe linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput investigation on Thursday (September 24).
However, a Narcotics Control Bureau official was quoted by a news agency as saying that she had acknowledged the summons and updated her latest address.
She is scheduled to be questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau, besides Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor, in the drug inquiry that started with chats retrieved from the phone of arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty.
Sources in the Narcotics Control Bureau say, however, that she has not responded to summons on any available contact so far. Reports suggested Rakul Preet Singh has asked for more time.
Designer Simone Khambatta did arrive for questioning at the NCB office. These names have emerged in the ever-widening drug investigation linked to the SSR death case. The probe has led to a drug and Bollywood twist after some WhatsApp chats were found by investigators.
Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh were named by actor Rhea Chakraborty, who is in jail since her arrest on September 9 over charges of buying drugs.
Rhea Chakraborty has been accused of “being an active member of a drug syndicate” and organizing drugs for her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput, an actor whose death on June 14 has spurred a massive investigation by multiple agencies.
The NCB stepped in when chats retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty’s phone revealed conversations on procuring drugs.
The names of Deepika Padukone and Shraddha Kapoor were revealed in WhatsApp chats retrieved from the phone of Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent agent Jaya Saha, who is also being questioned by investigators. The chats suggested that the actors had used drugs.
Deepika Padukone was summoned on Friday (September 25) and Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor the following day.