Sushant Singh Rajput death case: NCB gets 7-day custody of Zaid Vilatra in drug probe

The NCB arrested Zaid Vilatra yesterday (September 2) in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. Vilatra revealed he had interacted with Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik regarding drugs.

The Narcotics Control Bureau arrested Zaid Vilatra, a drug peddler, in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, yesterday.

A magistrate court on Thursday granted seven days of custody to Zaid Vilatra, one of the accused arrested in drug probe related to the Sushant Singh Rajput case. In the remand copy, Mumbai unit of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) asked for Vilatra’s remand on the grounds that he is allegedly involved in many drug dealings. Therefore, his custody is crucial and essential to get the main players in the drug field.

“The NCB is investigating drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput case and therefore is highly substantive and needs to be investigated thoroughly and so as to uproot a drug Citadel in the Mumbai especially Bollywood,” read the remand copy.

The public prosecutor cited section 27 (a) read with section 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act suggesting that the accused is involved in the drug cartel. Vilatra’s lawyer, Tarak Sayed opposed the remand on the grounds that only cash was seized from his client which is a bailable offence. The court granted custody till 9th of September.

NCB raided Zaid’s house and found cash Rs 9,55,750. There was cash seized in other currencies like 2081 US dollars, 180 UK pounds and 15 UAE Dirham. According to Zaid’s statement, he accepted that the seized amount is the sale proceeds of contraband and he had supplied more Marijuana /Ganja/ Bud psychotropic substances to many persons and he had disclosed few names in with their details.

“NCB suspects that Zaid was into selling of drugs. He was we have also filed an application that his statement to NCB is voluntary and not true. No mention about linked with show me Chakrabarty in the remand copy,” said Sayed.

NCB informed the court that the investigation is in preliminary stage revelations made by the accused are being verified.

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