- The NCP has launched an inquiry into the death of Sushant Rajput last June
- It had earlier arrested Ms Chakraborty and her brother under the NDPS Act
- Of the 33 accused, eight are still in court custody
The Bureau of Narcotics Control (NCP) today named 33 people, including actress Riya Chakraborty and her brother Shovik, in a chargesheet filed in the Mumbai Special Court in connection with the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year. The nearly 12,000-page document records the statements of more than 200 witnesses.
The indictment alleges that Ms Chakraborty was part of a “drug syndicate” and that she was part of a conspiracy to buy and deliver drugs, NCB sources told PTI.
Among those named in the case is Kshitij Prasad, a former executive producer of Dharmatik Entertainment; Deeshesh Sawant, Sushant Singh’s domestic employee; Drug dealers Saeed Vilatra and Abdel Basit Parihar and Samuel Mirnada.
Of the 33 accused, eight are still in court custody, while the rest are on bail for Emperor Rhea and her brother.
The NCP has launched an inquiry into the death of Mr Rajput, 34, last June. Ms. Emperor and her brother were both arrested under various sections of the Narcotics and Psychotherapy (NDPS) Act, but were later released on bail. Eight of the 33 accused are still in court custody.
During the investigation, several items, electronic devices and Indian and foreign currency were seized. The indictment now states that the tests confirm that the seized items are of a narcotic nature. These include psychoactive substances such as sap, cannabis, LSD, ecstasy and alprazolam and clonazepam under the NTPS Act.
The company also said it had submitted criminal evidence, including digital evidence, call logs, WhatsApp chats, location tags, video and voice recordings and more.
Following the release of several WhatsApp chats after Mr Rajput’s death, the NCP began exploring the drug cartels’ links with the film industry. Following that, several celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Firoz Nadiawala and Shraddha Kapoor were questioned.