Sushant Singh Rajput and Siddharth Pithani (Photo Credits: Instagram / Twitter)
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani has been arrested on June 14 last year from Hyderabad in a drug case related to the actor’s death. Pithani has now been sent to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for five days in custody. NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede said that Pithani was produced in a Mumbai court which sent him to agency custody till June 1. Sushant Singh Rajput’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani arrested by NCB from Hyderabad
Pithani was asked to join the investigation, but he did not follow it and after that NCB officials gathered information about his whereabouts. Wankhede said that the drug law enforcement agency found that he was living in Hyderabad. After this, on 25 May, a team was sent from Mumbai in search of Pithani, who had been absconding for a long time.
He informed that the NCB Mumbai team has been assisted by the NCB, Sub Zonal Unit in Hyderabad. He said that Pithani was arrested on May 26 and his statement was recorded. He was later produced in a Hyderabad court for transit remand. Wankhede said that with transit remand, Pithani was brought to Mumbai on May 28 and produced in a court.
The arrest comes nearly two-and-a-half months after filing a 12,000-page chargesheet against 33 people, including actress Riya Chakraborty, her brother Shovik and others in the Bollywood-drugs mafia investigation involving Sushant’s death on June 14, 2020.
The chargesheet was filed before the Mumbai Special NDPS Court on 5 March, following two cases filed by the Drug Law Enforcement Agency following an intimation from the Enforcement Directorate. The NCB is investigating the financial angle in the case of Sushant’s death.