Sushant Singh Rajput case: NCB summons Showik Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda for questioning
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday searched the premises of Rhea Chakraborty’s brother, Showik Chakraborty, and Samuel Miranda in connection with the drugs probe linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said.
A team of NCB officials accompanied by police officials raided the residence of Showik in Santa Cruz (West) area and Miranda’s house in suburban Andheri (West) area from 6:30am, news agency PTI reported. Showik lives with Rhea.
The search teams included some women officials and they were seen wearing masks and gloves and using multiple vehicles, PTI said.
KPS Malhotra, NCB deputy firector (operations) who is heading the agency’s probe team, was seen leading the search and he told reporters that the houses of Showik and Miranda were being searched and that this is a “procedural” action. The bureau is looking to gather additional evidence through this action and some documents have been seized by the search teams, another official said.
They said both Showik and Miranda, house manager of Rajput, were handed over summons to join the investigation during the search. “They have intended to go along (with the search team) due to media presence,” an officer said, according to PTI.
They are taken by the NCB search team and will be questioned at the agency’s zonal office in the Ballard Estate area, the officer said.
NCB has arrested two alleged drug peddlers operating in Mumbai in this case and three other people. The two arrested are Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar.
Parihar, the 23-year-old Bandra resident arrested on Thursday as part of NCB’s ongoing probe, was produced before a metropolitan magistrate on Friday and remanded in custody till September 9.
Bandra resident Parihar was arrested after interrogating Vilatra. Parihar is learnt to have “links” with the narcotics case registered against Rhea Chakraborty, 28, and others. Parihar is linked to a person who in turn was allegedly reported to be featuring in chats recovered from the mobile phone of Rhea and Showik, officials have said.
Rhea is the main accused in the death case of the 34-year-old actor that is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) on money laundering charges and NCB. The bureau is probing the drug angle in this case under the criminal sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act after the ED shared with it a report following the cloning of two mobile phones of Rhea.
NCB has said that it is looking into “the drug citadel in Mumbai, and especially Bollywood” in this case. According to officials, the mobile phone chats and messages indicated procurement, transportation and consumption of drugs and these leads were shared by the ED with the NCB and the CBI. NCB is understood to have obtained the phone records of other accused in the case too.
Rajput was found dead at his Bandra flat on June 14.
(With agency inputs)