NCB raids comedian Bharti Singh's Versova residence in Mumbai

A week after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal and film producer Firoz Nadiawala residence in a drug- related probe, the investigative agency has now conducted a search at comedian Bharti Singh and husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa’s Versova home in Mumbai.

Sources said that the house is being searched in presence of independent witnesses.

This is the latest among a series of searches conducted by the NCB headed by its Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede which is investigating a drug case linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The NCB had earlier questioned Rampal and his partner Gabriella Demetriades.

"I have nothing to do with drugs. I have prescription for the medicine which was found at my residence and the prescription has been handed over to NCB officials," Rampal told reporters.

Rampal, 47, had been summoned in the case related to alleged drug use in the Hindi film industry, the NCB official said.

His friend Paul Bartel, a foreign national, was arrested on Thursday following interrogation, the official added.

The NCB summoned Rampal and his partner Demetriades after conducting a search at the actor's residence in suburban Bandra.

The agency had seized electronic gadgets such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets during the search and also questioned Rampal's driver.

A day before the search at Rampal's house, the NCB arrested Bollywood producer Firoz Nadiadwala's wife after ganja (cannabis) was allegedly found at their residence in suburban Juhu.

She was later granted bail by a city court.

The NCB launched the probe into alleged drug use in Bollywood after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.

It arrested Rajput's girlfriend, actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and a few others under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Rhea and some other accused are currently out on bail.

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