NEW DELHI: In a new twist to the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) registered a case on Wednesday evening to probe the drug dealing and consumption related allegations involving the actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and other friends.
When contacted, DG (NCB) Rakesh Asthana said, “An investigation has been put into motion and a five-member SIT has been constituted to probe the case”.
The case has been registered on the basis of some documents, WhatsApp chat screenshots and a requisition letter sent to NCB by the ED, sources said. Director ED, Sanjay Mishra, is learnt to have written to Asthana on Tuesday requesting to investigate the narcotics aspects of the case. The ED is probing the financial irregularities charges.
Reacting to reports, advocate Satish Maneshinde, who represents Rhea Chakrabarti, said, “I am surprised that NCB has stepped into the case when ED and CBI are already investigating. She is ready for a blood test anytime.” He also questioned the leak of chats bearing Rhea’s and Showik’s signatures of August 10.
The operations unit of NCB under deputy director K P S Malhotra has been handed over the case. The Mumbai zonal unit will assist Malhotra’s team, an officer informed.
The NCB has been handed over several WhatsApp conversations of Rhea with other entities discussing procurement of drugs, sources said. Officials said there was prima facie evidence indicating that drugs were supplied to the late actor and his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.


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