Comedian Bharti Singh arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau
An alleged 86 grams of marijuana was recovered from Bharti’s home and office following an NCB raid on Saturday
In a major development, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested popular comedian Bharti Singh for alleged possession and consumption of banned drugs, after her home and office were raided this morning, said a top official in Mumbai late on Saturday.
"We have arrested Bharti Singh and found a little over 86 gms of marijuana from her. Her husband Harsh Limbachiya is currently being interrogated by NCB. We shall update on further developments later," NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede told IANS.
Around 86.50 grams of the banned drug (marijuana), which is said to be of commercial quantity, were recovered from their home and office during the raids and the duo has reportedly confessed to consuming drugs.
The NCB zeroed in on the comedian-couple after a couple of drug peddlers were arrested in an ongoing action and revealed the names of Bharti and Harsh. The NCB raided a location in Khar-Danda, a coastal area in Khar suburb, and nabbed a 21-year drug trafficker from whom commercial quantities of drugs like 15 blots of LSD, 40 gms Ganja, and a psychotropic drug, Nitrazepam were seized, said Wankhede.
Armed with this information, the NCB busted other locations, including the home and offices of the Bharti-Harsh couple in suburban Andheri west's fashionable Lokhandwala Complex and Versova, from where the banned Marijuana was seized.
Thereafter, both actors were detained for a short while and formally summoned for further investigations to the NCB office, which they reached in separate vehicles. Upon reaching the NCB offices, an apparently unruffled Bharti Singh briefly told media persons that they had been "called for some questioning."
However, after a sustained interrogation round of nearly five hours, Bharti was placed under arrest, while Harsh was still being grilled by the sleuths.
Bharti shall be produced before a designated court today, though it is not clear whether it will be a physical appearance or via videoconference.
Both Bharti and Harsh are well-known comedians, television personalities producing or hosting programs, besides appearing in reality shows like Khatron Ka Khiladi, Kapil Sharma Show, and other tele-serials.
The latest action is part of the ongoing investigations into the Bollywood-drugs mafia nexus which the NCB is trying to unravel for the past three months.
From September till date, the NCB has arrested over two dozen persons including Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, now on bail, her brother Showik, still in jail, and other film industry related persons, drug financers, suppliers or peddlers, including some foreigners.
As the NCB claims to have unearthed a close link between drugs mafia and the glamour industry, it has questioned several prominent film personalities, amid speculation that several big names may be on its dreaded 'hit-list'.
Among those probed so far include actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, model-cum-actor Arjun Rampal, and filmmaker Firoz Nadiadwala, whose wife Shabana was arrested and got bail after some quantities of 'commercial quantity' drugs were found at her residence.
The NCB investigations are an off-shoot of the probe into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead at his Bandra home on June 14.