Actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik and Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda were arrested on Friday after being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) which is probing allegations of drug abuse surround Mr Rajput’s death in June.
Earlier in the day, a team from the NCB accompanied by police officials raided the residence of Showik Chakraborty in Santa Cruz (West) area and Mr Miranda’s house in suburban Andheri (West) area of Mumbai from 6:30 am.
The search teams included some women officials and they were seen wearing masks and gloves and using multiple vehicles.
NCB Deputy Director (operations) K P S Malhotra, who is heading the probe team of the agency, was seen leading the search and he told journalists that the houses of Showik and Miranda were being searched and that this is a “procedural” action. Showik and Rhea Chakraborty live in the same house.
Another senior official said the agency is looking to gather additional evidence through this action and some documents have been seized by the search teams.
They said both Showik and Miranda were handed over summons to join the investigation during the search.
They were taken by the NCB search team and questioned at the agency’s office in the Ballard Estate area.
The NCB, till now, has arrested two alleged drug dealers operating in the capital city of Maharashtra in this case and it has detained one person.
The two arrested are Zaid Vilatra, 21, and Abdel Basit Parihar while Kaizan Ibrahim is being questioned since Thursday.
Parihar is learnt to have “links” with the narcotics case registered against Sushant Singh’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, 28, and others.
Parihar is linked to a person who in turn was allegedly reported to be featuring in chats recovered from the mobile phone of Rhea and Showik, officials have said.
Rhea has been accused in the death of the 34-year-old actor that is being probed by the NCB, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on money laundering charges and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The agency is probing the drug angle in this case under the criminal sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act after the ED shared with it a report following the cloning of two mobile phones of Rhea.
The NCB has said that it is looking into “the drug citadel in Mumbai, and especially Bollywood” in this case.
According to officials, the mobile phone chats and messages indicated procurement, transportation and consumption of drugs and these leads were shared by the ED with the NCB and the CBI.
The NCB is understood to have obtained the phone records of other accused in the case too.
Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Bandra flat on June 14.
(With inputs from PTI)