The Narcotics Control Bureau on Friday arrested actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend Siddharth Pithani in connection with the drugs case, The Times of India reported.
Sameer Wankhede, in-charge of Mumbai Zonal Unit, told the newspaper that Pithani will be produced before a court shortly. Pithani was arrested from Hyderabad and brought back to Mumbai, reported PTI.
Rajput was found dead in his apartment in Bandra on June 14 last year, in what the Mumbai Police said was a case of suicide. On October 3, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences panel, which was in-charge of examining his autopsy reports, had ruled out that the actor was murdered and confirmed he died by suicide.
Three central agencies – the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate, the NCB – began investigating cases against actor Rhea Chakraborty, who was Rajput’s partner.
The NCB started investigating a drug angle in Rajput’s death in June. A formal case was registered by the agency on August 26. Several celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan have been questioned by the anti-drug agency in connection with the case.
Pithani was among the four people present at Rajput’s home when he was found dead, reported NDTV. He had been living with Rajput for about a year before his death.
Following the actor’s death, Pithani had spoken to various media channels about Rajput’s last moments. Various agencies, including the Mumbai Police and the CBI, had questioned him multiple times on his version of the actor’s death.
The Enforcement Directorate had questioned Pithani, along with the actor’s business manager Shruti Modi and his sister Meetu Singh, on August 11, reported the Hindustan Times. The central agency had recorded their statements under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.