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SSR case: NCB arrests Rhea’s brother Showik, Rajput’s manager Samuel

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MUMBAI: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Friday placed Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda under arrest in an alleged drug consumption case linked to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

While Showik is Rajput’s girlfriend, Rhea’s brother, Miranda was Rajput’s manager. Last week the NCB had booked Rhea, Showik, Miranda and others under certain sections of the NDPS Act based on information received from the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Other than the NCB, the two arrested accused, Rhea and her other family members are also being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). CBI is probing them on allegation of abetment to suicide and criminal conspiracy, the ED is investigating them on money laundering chargers.

So far the NCB has arrested five including Showik and Miranda in the case.

Earlier in the day, NCB had arrested an alleged drug peddler Abdel Bashit Parihar who revealed before the agency that he used to deliver the contraband to Miranda on Chakraborty’s instructions.

“During the voluntary statement Zaid Vilatra (another arrested accused) disclosed the name of present respondent namely Abdel Basit Parihar as a receiver of ganja/marijuana. During the statement Parihar revealed the purchase and sale of marijuana/ganja. He used to procure drugs from Vilatra and Kaizan Ebrahim (another accused) as per instructions of Showik Chakraborty and was directing them to deliver contraband to Miranda,” states the remand application filed by NCB while securing Parihar’s custody. “There are other instances where the respondent facilitated to arrange for the drugs and he was in contact with Showik Chakraborty,” it adds.

The federal anti-drug trafficking agency also told a local court here that it is investigating drug angle in the late Rajput case with an aim to ‘uproot drug citadel in the Mumbai city especially in Bollywood’, the remand application further adds.

Sources added that the electronic evidence which mainly comprises of chats on messenger services like Whatsapp reveal that Showik and his sister Rhea were in ‘touch’ with drug peddlers who mainly supplied contrabands to Bollywood personalities.

“Showik has confessed that he used to procure drugs on Rhea’s behest and therefore her questioning is important to the case and she will be summoned in due course,” said a senior official requesting anonymity. “Since Rhea was Rajput’s girlfriend and there are allegations made by the Rajput’s family members that she forced him to consume drugs, those allegations will also be probed,” added the official.

At an earlier occasion , Rhea’s counsel had rebutted allegations of her client consuming any abused substances.

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