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Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau has registered a criminal case against Rhea Chakraborty. The NCB is investigating the drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

The NCB has also identified two men, Farookh Sheikh alias Farookh Batata and Bakul Chandalia, who are known for supplying drugs in the Bollywood circle. The agency is most likely to question the two men in the case.

The NCB got involved in the Sushant Singh Rajput case after Rhea Chakraborty's WhatsApp chats with Samuel Miranda, Jaya Saha and Gaurav Arya were released by the Enforcement Directorate.

Gaurav Arya, who is a hotelier based in Goa, is being investigated by the ED today. The agency is also questioning another hotelier Kunal Jani regarding the case.

On August 26, the NCB registered a case under Sections 20, 22, 27 and 29 of the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act. The NCB has also booked Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik Chakraborty and others, against whom the ED had prepared a case. And now, the agency has registered a criminal case against the actress.

On August 25, ED wrote to NCB asking them to probe the drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. In an interaction with India Today, Rakesh Asthana, director of Narcotics Control Bureau, had confirmed the same. He had said, "We are also starting the investigation in Sushant Singh Rajput's death case."

Meanwhile, India Today accessed WhatsApp messages retrieved from Rhea Chakraborty's mobile phone to Jaya Saha, which made it clear that Rhea sporadically used drugs like MDMA, marijuana, among others.

Rhea Chakraborty's lawyer, however, in a statement, said she has never consumed drugs and is ready for a blood test any time to prove the same.

Rhea Chakraborty is being questioned by the CBI for the fourth consecutive day today. Her brother, Showik Chakraborty, is also being grilled in the case. On Sunday, Rhea was questioned for 9 hours. Sushant's sister Meetu Singh is also called in by the agency. It is likely that the CBI will call Sushant's another sister Priyanka Singh and her husband Siddharth for questioning. A joint grilling of the sisters with Rhea is likely. Rhea had earlier alleged that Priyanka had molested her.

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