- NCB launches probe after Sushant Rajput’s death last June
- It had earlier arrested Ms. Chakraborty and her brother under the NDPS Act.
- Eight of the 33 accused are still in judicial custody
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today named 33 people, including actress Riya Chakraborty and her brother Shovik, in a chargesheet filed before a Mumbai special court in a case related to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The nearly 12,000-page document records the statements of more than 200 witnesses.
The NCB launched an investigation after Mr Rajput’s death in June last year. It arrested both Ms. Chakraborty and her brother under various sections of narcotic drugs and psychotropic.
Substances (NDPS) Act, but they were later released on bail. Eight of the 33 accused are still in judicial custody.
During the investigation, several substances, electronic gadgets and Indian as well as foreign currency were seized. The charge sheet now states that the tests confirm that the seized substances were narcotic in nature. This includes Hashish, Hemp, LSD, ecstasy and psychoactive substances such as alprazolam and clonazepam are covered under the provisions of the NDPS Act.
The agency has also claimed that evidence was presented destroying several other documents, including digital evidence, call records, WhatsApp chat, location tags, videos and voice recordings.
The NCB began investigating drug cartel links to the film industry following the revelations of several WhatsApp chats in the wake of Mr Rajput’s death. This was followed by inquiries from several top celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Feroze Nadiadwala and Shraddha Kapoor.