No request from Ranveer Singh to join Deepika Padukone during questioning by NCB

Updated on Sep 25, 2020 01:57 PM IST

After reports that Ranveer Singh has requested that he should be allowed to be stay within NCB premises during questioning of Deepika Padukone on account of her anxiety issues, an official from the central agency has denied such a request.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone returned from Goa on Thursday.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone returned from Goa on Thursday.
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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has clarified that it has not received any request, written or verbal, from actor Ranveer Singh to join actor and wife Deepika Padukone’s interrogation, scheduled for Saturday.

It was widely reported on Friday that the 83 actor had sought permission from the agency to be present in the NCB office during Deepika’s questioning session, citing ‘anxiety’ issue. Ranveer had reportedly mentioned that Deepika sometimes had anxiety issues and faces panic attacks.

A report in India Today, quoted NCB officials, who said, “There are questions whether Ranveer Singh is joining the investigation with Deepika Padukone. We confirm that we have not received any such request from any summoned person. The last email received from the concerned summoned person is only regarding joining the investigation.”

Deepika, accompanied by her husband Ranveer, returned from Goa on Thursday. She along with other actors from Bollywood, including Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh, has been summoned by the NCB over alleged drugs nexus in Bollywood. Deepika was in Goa to shoot for Shakun Batra’s next, along with Ananya Panday and Siddhant Chaturvedi.

A Republic TV report, quoting a source, had earlier said that Ranveer has submitted an application to the NCB, stating that Deepika sometimes suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and hence he should be granted permission to be with her. The application added him as saying that as he is a ‘law-abiding citizen’, he understood that he couldn’t be present during her questioning session but had requested to be present in the NCB office.

Deepika is slated to appear before the NCB in Mumbai on Saturday. Rakul and Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash will join the investigation on Friday, an NCB official had said.

The NCB, which began the inquiry after a drugs angle came to light in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide, has now widened its investigation. According to an NCB official, the 34-year-old actor had earlier acknowledged the summons sent by the central agency.

Prakash’s WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one ‘D’ and central agency wanted to find out who this person was, NCB sources had said earlier.

(With PTI inputs)

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