On Might 26, a group of Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) from Mumbai arrested actor Siddharth Pithani from his Hyderabad home in connection to an alleged drug syndicate in Bollywood. The information raised eyebrows because the arrest of Pithani, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s flatmate, has come virtually a yr after Sushant’s alleged suicide at their rented flat in Bandra, Mumbai, on June 14, 2020. Pithani was the primary particular person to have reportedly discovered Sushant hanging from the ceiling fan in his bed room.
Sameer Wankhede, zonal director of the NCB, says Pithani was termed as absconding as he had failed to hitch the investigation regardless of being given serving a number of notices. “The NCB Mumbai gathered intelligence on the whereabouts of the mentioned accused who has been lengthy absconding and fleeing from justice in Hyderabad. He was apprehended, his assertion was recorded and he was duly arrested beneath part 27A, 28, 29 and 35 of NDPS Act, 1985,” says Wankhede. These sections cope with punishment for consumption of narcotic medication and try to commit offences of abetment and legal conspiracy.
The NCB has additionally seized Pithani’s laptop computer and cell phone. The chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace, Mumbai, has remanded him into the NCB’s custody until June 1.
Final man in
Pithani is the 34th particular person to face fees in connection to the alleged Bollywood drug syndicate that made headlines after Rajput’s demise. The NCB has filed chargesheets in opposition to 33 others, together with actress and Sushant’s former live-in companion Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik. All of them are out on bail.
Whereas talking to reporters, Pithani’s father Ramana Murthy alleged that his son was arrested in order that nobody doubts the NCB didn’t look into Sushant’s circle of shut mates totally. “Siddharth was the one particular person amongst Sushant’s shut mates who had remained untouched by the NCB thus far. He by no means consumed or possessed narcotic substances,” Murthy mentioned.
The Sushant connection
Final yr, Pithani was scheduled to journey to Hyderabad on June 15, however after Sushant’s demise needed to postpone his journey plans. He was the one who known as a locksmith to open the door to Sushant’s bed room which was locked from the within. When the locksmith opened the door, Pithani was the primary to enter the room. He was grilled by the Mumbai Police for a few days as he was the prime witness within the case. Lastly, he went to Hyderabad in July 2020 and had been there until his arrest on Might 26.
The drug haul
The NCB has, thus far, questioned a number of Bollywood celebrities, together with Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Arjun Rampal, over alleged possession of medicine, however was unable to show something substantial. Kapoor and Khan have been intently related to Sushant. Whereas Khan was his co-star in Kedarnath (2018), Kapoor was current at a celebration thrown by the actor close to Pavana dam in Pune in September 2019.
The NCB’s line of questioning for Pithani, a small-time actor and graphic designer, will most certainly contain getting extra details about the drug abuse inside Bollywood.
The Sushant Singh Rajput story thus far:
|April 2019||Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty start relationship.|
|Oct. 2019||Sushant, Rhea and her brother Showik reduce their vacation in Italy brief and return to Mumbai. Rhea has claimed she first noticed indicators of Sushant’s psychological well being points throughout this journey.|
|Nov.-Dec., 2019||Rhea and Sushant seek the advice of Dr Susan Walker Moffat, a scientific psychologist and psychotherapist. She diagnoses him with bipolar dysfunction resulting in “struggling terribly throughout his bouts of melancholy and hypomania”. Rhea strikes into Sushant’s residence in Bandra.|
|Jan. 20-24, 2019||Sushant rings in his thirty fourth birthday with two of his sisters in Chandigarh.|
|Feb. 25, 2020||
IPS officer O.P. Singh, Sushant’s brother-in-law, sends messages on WhatsApp to Paramjit Singh Dahiya, then Mumbai DCP Zone 9, sharing his concern for Sushant’s well-being.
|March 22, 2020||Sushant shares his first put up on Instagram in over six months.|
|Might 5, 2020||Sushant provides a way of his Covid lockdown routine, sharing just a few “meta expertise”, which embrace “writing in a journal” and “intermittent fasting”.|
|June 8, 2020||Rhea leaves Sushant’s Bandra residence. Sushant’s sister Meetu Singh arrives by night and stays for just a few days.|
|June 9, 2020||Disha Salian, Sushant’s former supervisor, falls to her demise from the 14th ground of her fiancé’s residential constructing. Loss of life is described as unintentional.|
|June 10, 2020||A day on which, in line with Siddharth Pithani, Sushant was at his “lowest” after seeing media reviews associating Disha and him. They’re mentioned to have interacted solely on just a few events.|
|June 14, 2020||
Sushant discovered useless at his Mumbai residence. Mumbai police lodge an unintentional demise report.
|June 25, 2020||
Ultimate autopsy report confirms asphyxia attributable to hanging as reason behind Sushant’s demise, calling it a transparent case of suicide. Report guidelines out foul play. The viscera report affirms this.
|July 25, 2020||
Bihar police registers FIR in opposition to Rhea and 5 others (together with her members of the family) alleging abetment to suicide following Ok.Ok. Singh’s criticism. He alleges Rhea and her household siphoned off Rs 15 crore from Sushant’s cash.
|July 31, 2020||ED recordsdata a cash laundering case in opposition to Rhea, her brother, father and mom|
|Aug. 19, 2020||Supreme Courtroom palms over probe to the CBI.|
|Sept. 8, 2020||
The NCB arrests Rhea Chakraborty.
|Oct. 7, 2020||Rhea Chakraborty launched on bail.|
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