Comedian Bharti Singh’s husband, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, was arrested Sunday morning after being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for 15 hours. The 33-year-old was taken in custody hours after his wife’s arrest on Saturday.
Ms Singh and her husband, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, were taken to the NCB’s Mumbai office for questioning after the anti-drug agency recovered a “small quantity of cannabis” (86.5 grams) during a search of their home on Saturday morning.
According to the anti-drugs agency NCB, Ms Bharti and Mr Limbachiyaa accepted that they use narcotic substances.
“Both Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa accepted consuming ganja. Ms Singh was placed under arrest under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” the NCB release read.
The quantity of drugs found at their home was not commercial, but could invite a maximum punishment of up to 10 years in jail.
According to an NCB official, quoted by news agency PTI, Ms Singh’s name emerged during questioning of a drug peddler. The agency also carried out searches at two other locations in Mumbai, the official added.
The NCB has been probing alleged drug use in Bollywood and the entertainment industry after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June on the basis of WhatsApp chats involving drugs.
Over the last few months top Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor have all been questioned by the NCB. The agency has said this is part of its attempt to unravel the network of drug supply to celebrities.
Earlier this month actor Arjun Rampal’s home was searched, and both he and his girlfriend, Gabriella Demetriades, were summoned for questioning.
Ms Demetriades’s brother, Agisialos Demetriades, a South African national was also questioned and is currently in the agency’s custody.
Before that, the NCB had summoned film producer Firoz Nadiadwala. A day earlier his wife, Shabana Saeed, was arrested after investigators allegedly found 10 grams of marijuana at their Juhu home during a raid. Ms Saeed has since been released on bail.
The central agency had earlier arrested Rajput’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, some employees of the late film star and a few others under various sections of the NDPS Act, based on recovery of a small quantity of marijuana.
Rhea Chakraborty and some other accused are currently out on bail.