NCB arrests Sushant Singh Rajput’s flatmate in Hyderabad
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Hyderabad: Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s flatmateSiddharthPithani, who was arrested from Hyderabad earlier this week, has been remanded to custody till June 1 for further investigation in the purported drug abuse link to the death of the late actor. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Pithani on May 25 on multiple charges, like consumption of drugs, financing illicit traffic and harboring offenders and punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act).
Pithani was the one who reportedly found the actor died in his bedroom on June 14, 2020. The NCB issued him a notice under section 67 of the NDPS Act, asking him to join the investigation but he did not honor the notice, said zonal director Sameer Wankhede of the NCB, Mumbai.
Earlier this month, on May 7, the NCB arrested Hemant Shah aliasMaharaj from Miramar, Panjim, in Goa for his alleged role in the actor’s death case. Maharaj’s name had cropped up during an operation in a local seizure case. Shah had allegedly supplied drugs to two local suppliers, AnujKeshwani and Regal Mahakaal, who was arrested in September and December, last year, respectively, in the drug probe related to the actor’s death. Keshwani and Mahakaal had revealed Shah’s involvement in the supply of drugs.
NCB filed a charge sheet in the first week of March and named 33 accused, including the late actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty. This charge sheet contained statements of 200 witnesses.
The agency also recorded statements of Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, RakulPreet Singh, and Sara Ali Khan during their probe.