Mumbai: Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor, who had been issued summons by the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) to affix the probe into a medicine case, will be a part of the investigation on Saturday, officers mentioned on Thursday.

An NCB official mentioned: “Deepika has acknowledged the summon and has agreed to affix the investigation on Saturday.”

Deepika was earlier supposed to affix the investigation on Friday.

The official additional mentioned that on Friday, Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh and Deepika’s supervisor Karishma Prakash will be a part of the investigation.

The event got here a day after the company issued a summon to Deepika, the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone who’s married to Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, to affix the probe after her alleged chats along with her supervisor Karishma Prakash got here to the fore through the investigation.

Deepika on Thursday arrived in Mumbai from Goa, the place she was taking pictures for an upcoming movie together with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Pandey.

Sara is the daughter of actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, whereas Shradhha is the daughter of veteran actor Shakti Kapoor. Earlier within the day, Sara additionally arrived in Mumbai from Goa alongside along with her mom.

Rakul was requested to affix the probe on Thursday, however she is now set to be questioned by the company on Friday.

NCB sources mentioned that all of them have been summoned after their names surfaced in WhatsApp chats accessed by the NCB and through the questioning of late Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.

The supply mentioned that these celebrities can be questioned about how and from whom they procured medicine and whether or not they had been meant for private consumption or for another person.

The supply additional mentioned that whereas probing the hyperlink of the Kwan Expertise Administration Company within the case, Deepika’s chats with Karishma surfaced. Karishma dealt with Deepika’s account at Kwan until 2017.

In response to an NCB official, the names of Sara and Shraddha got here up in two medicine circumstances registered by the company.

The official mentioned that the NCB is presently investigating two separate circumstances which revolve across the medicine cartel that’s lively within the tinsel city. The primary case was registered on the instructions of the highest brass of the NCB after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) forwarded a short notice on Rhea and her brother Showik’s WhatsApp chats.

In its FIR quantity 15, the NCB claimed, “Evaluation of WhatsApp chats of Rhea Chakraborty with different entities displays the angle of conspiracy and abetment in possession, sale, buy, consumption, transportation and utilization of drugs lined beneath NDPS Act.”

Within the second case (FIR quantity 16), the NCB has to date arrested 19 individuals, together with Rhea and Showik.

Earlier on Thursday, the NCB recorded the assertion of dressmaker Simone Khambatta for over 4 hours and Sushant’s former supervisor Shruti Modi for over six hours.

The NCB has additionally recorded the statements of Kwan CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, producer Madhu Mantena Varma and Sushant’s expertise supervisor Jaya Saha.

Sushant Singh Rajput was discovered useless at his Bandra residence on June 14, 2020.

Chatting with IANS, felony lawyer Jaikush Hoon mentioned, “Deepika, Shraddha, Sara and Rakul have been summoned by the NCB for questioning pertaining to its ongoing investigation. The questioning would revolve round numerous sections of the NDPS Act, 1985.”

Hoon mentioned that if they’re booked beneath Sections 8(A)(c), 20(b) and 22(a), they’d be subjected to one-year rigorous imprisonment and Rs 10,000 positive. If the NCB can put together its case towards them beneath Sections 22(b) and 27(a), then they are often sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh positive.

The lawyer mentioned that the probe of Deepika would revolve round two angles, i.e., Sushant-Rhea drug angle and Manjinder Singh Sirsa’s grievance a couple of video of a 2019 Bollywood get together.

In addition to the NCB, the CBI and the ED are additionally probing Sushant’s demise case.