The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), investigating the drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, has detained another drug peddler who was believed to have been in touch with Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik Chakraborty. Several WhatsApp messages have been exchanged between Showik and a few drug peddlers operating in the Bandra-Juhu region in Mumbai, which when accessed, have thrown up several names for the NCB to look into. The peddler who was nabbed today was in contact with Basit Parihar, 23, who, along with Suryadeep Malhotra, have connections with Showik Chakraborty.
Yesterday (September 2), another drug peddler Zaid Vilatra was arrested by the NCB. It was reported that Samuel Miranda, Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager, had spoken to Zaid on Showik Chakraborty’s instructions. The NCB has arrested five drug peddlers in the case till now, two of whom have been released on bail.
During NCB’s interrogation, Zaid admitted to have been in contact with Showik and Samuel Miranda. He also revealed that he was paid cash Rs 10,000 on March 17 and handed over 5g of drugs in lieu of the money to two men who had come to collect it. The location analysis data proved that Zaid and Samuel Miranda were in the same location at the time of the last call.
Meanwhile, India Today has also accessed a new set of WhatsApp chats between Showik Chakraborty and an alleged drug peddler. In the chats, Showik is seen talking about procuring drugs. The chats also mention Zaid Vilatra and suggest that Showik had put some other people in touch with the said drug dealer.
Hotelier Gaurav Arya, who was also allegedly involved in selling drugs to Rhea Chakraborty, was also grilled by the ED on August 31. He, however, denied all allegations of selling or peddling any kind of drugs to Rhea Chakraborty. He admitted that he met Rhea in Goa in 2017, and during a casual chat, Rhea mentioned drugs, but he did not entertain her further on the topic.
The Enforcement Directorate had grilled Showik Chakraborty regarding the drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput death case yesterday. The ED has summoned Showik again today.
Earlier, the agency released chats of Rhea Chakraborty with Jaya Saha, Shruti Modi and hotelier Gaurav Arya. The chats suggested a drug controversy. The NCB then came into picture. Hotelier Gaurav Arya was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate for the second day on Tuesday.