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Mumbai/Hyderabad: In a major action, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday said that it has arrested Siddharth Pitani, flatmate of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in a drug related case.

"Pithani has been arrested from Hyderabad," an NCB official told IANS.

Pithani was arrested from Hyderabad and brought to Mumbai, he said.

Pithani was Rajput's friend and was also staying with the late actor at his Bandra residence in suburban Mumbai, he said.

The alleged role of Pithani in the drug case, that emerged post the actors death, came to light during the NCB's investigation and hence he was arrested, the official said.

A team of the NCB, led by Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, had launched a search for Pithani who was traced in Hyderabad, the official said.

The arrest comes almost two and half months after it filed a 12,000-page charge sheet against 33 people, including actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and others in the Bollywood-drugs mafia probe case linked to Sushant's death on June 14, 2020, when he was found hanging in his flat.

On March 5, the NCB charge sheet was filed before a Mumbai Special NDPS Court, following two cases registered by the drug law enforcement agency after an intimation from the Enforcement Directorate which was probing the financial angles in Sushant's death.

(With PTI Inputs)

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