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Rapper Badshah paid Rs 75 lakh for fake social media likes, followers

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Continuing its probe into the sensational social media racket linked to creating fake ‘followers and likes’, busted last month, the Mumbai Police has investigated at least 20 prominent personalities including rapper Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, alias Badshah, official sources said here on Saturday.

After a 10-hour long interrogation by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) on Friday, Badshah has reportedly admitted to shelling out over Rs. 75 lakh for promoting his music album with fake likes and followers.

He was questioned again on Saturday and is likely to be summoned again on Sunday for other related aspects of the probe, said the sources.

The developments came after the Mumbai Police bust the sensational scam on July 14 through analytical technical-intelligence and nabbed one person, following a complaint lodged by Bollywood playback singer Bhumi Trivedi.

Probing Trivedi’s July 11 complaint that some persons had created her fake Instagram profile and were approaching other celebrities in the entertainment industry with similar offers, the CIU got cracking to expose the mega-scam with international ramifications.

The police are investigating at least 100 Social Media Marketing (SMM) firms and 54 portals all over India, which offer services of generating fake profiles, likes, comments, followers, etc, through fake IDs or bots, on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc, with the alleged ‘followers’ also being used to create social panic through rumours.

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Television actress Asha Negi reveals why she opted for a digital detox

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Television actress Asha Negi, who announced a few days ago on Instagram that she has decided to take a break from social media, says such steps once in a while help one stay sane.

“Everybody should go on a digital detox once in a while. It keeps you sane. When so much is happening on social media, it becomes important to take a break. Sometimes, we end up doing nothing due to social media as we are busy scrolling all the while. So, it’s important to engage yourself in some productive activities by disconnecting yourself from the virtual world for a while,” Asha told IANS.

This isn’t the first time that Asha has taken a break from social media.

“I went on a digital detox in past, too. I planned to take a break for a week but I enjoyed so much that I came back on social media after almost 20 long days,” the “Pavitra Rishta” fame actress recalled.

Asha is right now seen in the role of a journalist on the web show, “Abhay 2”.

“The show has instilled confidence in me and made me believe that I am not just meant for ‘girl next door’ roles. I felt great to explore a new territory. I will now try to do different kinds of roles in future projects. Initially, I was nervous. I had doubts whether I would be able to the role. But while working I realised nothing is impossible. I worked hard and gave my best,” Asha shared.

Several episodes of the crime thriller “Abhay 2”, which also features Kunal Kemmu and Ram Kapoor, were shot amid the pandemic. Asked how her experience was to shoot amid the new normal, Asha replied: “Honestly, I was paranoid. I was like, ‘bahar nikle aur corona hojaega (if I ventured out, I might contract corona)’. But we followed strict safety precautions and shot successfully. It’s the new normal and we are getting used to it.”

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Simone Khambatta deposes before NCB, Rakul yet to respond

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Fashion designer Simone Khambatta on Thursday deposed before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) while Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh is yet to join the investigation into drugs abuse among people associated with the film industry, officials said.

According to NCB officials, Khambatta arrived at the NCB office here for questioning around 10.15 a.m.

An NCB official said that Rakul’s summons were issued on Wednesday but she has not yet responded on any available contact so far.

The NCB has also summoned several Bollywood actors, including Deepika Padukone, Shradhha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan for questioning in a drugs related case.

On Wednesday, besides Deepika, the NCB sent summons to her manager Karishma Prakash for questioning on Friday and Sara and Shradhha for questioning on Saturday.

The NCB registered a case under the NDPS Act on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the money laundering charge into the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The official said that it registered case after few alleged chats of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda discussing drugs came to the fore.

Following the alleged chats, the NCB questioned Rhea, Showik, Sushant’s former manager Shruti Modi, talent manager Jaya Saha, Kwan talent management agency CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, Udta Punjab Producer Madhu Mantena Varna and several others.

Responding to a question on the number of cases the drug law enforcement agency is probing, an NCB official said: “The agency has registered two separate cases under NDPS Act. There are few aspects in both cases which warrant examination of both Sara and Shraddha, so they will be examined in both cases.

The official said that both cases are of NCB and have common link.

The NCB has already arrested Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Sushant’s personal staff Dipesh Sawant and 16 others in the case so far.

Rhea, Showik, Miranda and Sawant are currently in judicial custody.

The official said while the alleged chats of Deepika with her manager Prakash discussing drugs in October 2017 has brought her role to the fore, Shradhha and Sara’s role came to the fore following the questioning of Saha.

The NCB is the third Central agency to probe the death of Sushant besides the CBI and the ED.

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Actress Ankita Lokhande shares her secret to happiness

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Actress Ankita Lokhande has shared her mantra to be happy.

Ankita, the former girlfriend of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, took to Instagram and shared a picture where she looks stunning in a white sari and is smiling at the camera.

“How to be happy! Decide every morning that you are in a good mood,” she captioned the image.

Ankita recently planted saplings in memory of Sushant. Her dog Hatchi is also seen in the pictures she posted.

“Hatchi and mamma. My partner in almost everything, Planting plants seedling. It’s our way to remember him by fulfilling his dream,” she captioned the snapshots, tagging them #plants4SSR.

Sushant was found dead at his Mumbai home on June 14. Initially, Mumbai Police had said it was a case of suicide. Now, his death is being investigated by CBI, Narcotics Control Bureau and Enforcement Directorate.

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