An Australian architect has been arrested in Mumbai by the anti-drugs company, Narcotics Control Bureau, in a case linked to the alleged use and provide of medicine in Bollywood. The man, recognized as Paul Bartel, got here beneath the company’s scanner after one other accused within the case, South African nationwide Agisialos Demetriades, named him throughout interrogation, sources stated.
Agisialos Demetriades is the brother of Gabriella Demetriades, who’s actor Arjun Rampal’s associate. While the siblings had been questioned on Wednesday and Thursday, actor Arjun Rampal arrived on the company’s Mumbai workplace at round 11 AM for questioning immediately.
The Narcotics Control Bureau sources say through the investigation and questioning of Agisialos Demetriades, a number of names got here up and Bartel was amongst them. The Australian nationwide was taken for a medical take a look at and will probably be produced in court docket immediately.
On Monday, Arjun Rampal’s Mumbai house was searched by the company, following which the actor and his companions had been summoned for questioning.
The NCB investigation began earlier this 12 months when, throughout probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying in June, WhatsApp chats involving medicine had been allegedly discovered on his and his associate, Rhea Chakraborty’s cellphones.
Rhea Chakraborty was launched on bail final month after spending over a month in jail on medicine cost.
In the final two months, high Bollywood actors — Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakulpreet Singh — have been questioned within the medicine case linked Mr Rajput’s dying.
Film producer Firoz Nadiadwala was additionally summoned by the NCB on Monday. A day earlier his spouse, Shabana Saeed, was arrested after investigators allegedly discovered 10 grams of marijuana at their house in Mumbai’s Juhu throughout a raid. She was later launched on bail.
Sushant Singh Rajput was discovered lifeless in his Mumbai home in June. The Mumbai police and an AIIMS workforce stated he died by suicide. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing the circumstances that led to his dying.
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