A Mumbai court has sent actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother, Showik, and Sushant Singh Rajput’s manager, Samuel Miranda, to the custody of the Narcotics Control Bureau till September 9. According to the NCB, he will be confronted with his sister, who is likely to be summoned for questioning tomorrow.
The NCB, which is probing allegations of drug abuse surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June, has also been given custody of Kaizan Ibrahim, an alleged drug peddler, for 14 days.
NCB sources said both Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda bought drugs from Ibrahim and Zaid Vilatra via one Abdul Basit on several instances. Both Vilatra and Basit are also in the agency’s custody.
Sources further said that Mr Miranda paid for these drugs using Google Pay.
Samuel Miranda and Showik Chakraborty were arrested on Friday by the NCB. They have been charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law, sources said.
Early Friday, a joint team of NCB officials and police raided their homes.
KPS Malhotra, NCB Deputy Director (Operations), who is heading this investigation, told journalists the raid was “procedural”.
Showik and Rhea Chakraborty live in the same house.
Another official said the agency was looking to gather additional evidence.
Both Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda were handed over summons to join the investigation during the search. Later in the day, the two were taken by the NCB search team and questioned at the agency’s office in the city.
The NCB has arrested seven people so far, including Mr Chakraborty and Mr Miranda. The two arrested drug dealers are Zaid Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar, while Kaizan Ibrahim has been questioned since Thursday.
Parihar is believed to have “links” with the narcotics case registered against Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, 28, and others, news agency PTI reported.
Parihar is linked to a person who, in turn, allegedly featured in chats recovered from the mobile phone of Rhea and Showik, officials said.
Rhea Chakraborty has been accused in the death of the 34-year-old actor.
The case is being probed by three central agencies – the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the NCB and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is looking into money laundering charges.
The NCB began its probe after inputs from the ED.
The NCB has said it is looking into “the drug citadel in Mumbai, and especially Bollywood” in this case.
According to officials, 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.