Drug probe: NCB summons Deepika Padukone’s manager, KWAN talent agency CEO
Kwan Agency was co-founded by film producer Madhu Mantena Varma who is a close aide of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who was recently accused of sexual assault by actress Payal Ghosh.
New Delhi: Extending probe in the drugs case linked to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned actor Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash and a talent management agency’s CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar.
Both of them will be questioned by the NCB on Tuesday afternoon.
Kwan’s head talent manager Jaya Saha’s name, who also handled Sushant Singh Rajput, has featured in NCB’s investigation. On Monday, Jaya Saha appeared before the NCB for questioning in the case.
Karishma handles Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s account.
The NCB has also summoned Shruti Modi, former business manager of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, to join the investigation as well. All four people have been asked to be present at the NCB office in Mumbai on Tuesday. Shruti Modi has already reached the office.
Previously, the NCB had detained five persons in connection with three separate drug busts, one of which is linked with the drugs case related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, NCB official said on September 18.
According to the NCB official, one person named Rahil Vishram was detained on Thursday with 1 kg fine Charas from Himachal Pradesh, which is of high grade and highly-priced in the black market and Rs 4.5 lakh cash was seized from him.
Vishram is directly connected to the other peddlers accused in the drug case related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, the official said.
The NCB had launched an investigation after it received official communication from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in which there were various chats related to drug consumption, procurement, usage and transportation.
The ED had on July 31 registered an Enforcement Case Information Report in the late actor’s death case after a First Information Report was filed by Rajput’s father KK Singh against Rhea Chakraborty in Bihar on July 28.
Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on June 14.