Comedian Bharti, her husband arrested for cannabis possession
Published: 01:21 PM, 22 November 2020 Updated: 07:35 PM, 22 November 2020
Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa on Saturday.
The couple was taken to the NCB's Mumbai office for questioning after the anti-drug agency recovered a "small quantity of cannabis" during a search of their home on Saturday morning.
Footage from outside their residence - an apartment complex in Andheri - showed Bharti being driven away in a red Mercedes, while Haarsh was taken in a white NCB van.
"She (Bharti) and her husband have been detained for questioning about possession of narcotics substances," Sameer Wankhede, one of the investigating officials, told news agency ANI.
According to another NCB official, quoted by news agency PTI, Bharti's name emerged during questioning of a drug peddler; a search of her home recovered a "small quantity of cannabis". The agency also carried out searches at two other locations in Mumbai, the official added.
The raids come amid an expanding probe - which began with inquiries into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June - into alleged drug use by members of the entertainment industry.
Earlier this month actor Arjun Rampal's home was searched, and both he and his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades were summoned for questioning.
Prior to that, the NCB had also summoned film producer Firoz Nadiadwala. A day earlier his wife Shabana Saeed was arrested after investigators allegedly found 10 grams of marijuana at their home in Mumbai's Juhu during a raid.
Over the last few months, top Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor have all been questioned by the NCB. The agency has said this is part of its attempt to unravel a network of supply of drugs to celebrities.
The drugs angle in Sushant Rajput's death was flagged after texts about the purchase of banned substances were allegedly found on his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty's phone.
Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, two of Sushant Singh Rajput's employees and a few others were arrested for allegedly arranging drugs for the 34-year-old actor. After nearly a month in jail, Rhea Chakraborty, who is also an actor, was released on bail last month.