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Will abide by what SC rules on Sushant probe, says Maharashtra government

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Though the Maharashtra government opposes a CBI probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, it will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision in the matter, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Saturday.

In a significant statement, Deshmukh told media persons that the state will follow the ruling of the apex court vis-a-vis the probe into the case, but opposes a CBI investigation on grounds of jurisdiction.

“The Mumbai Police are probing the case very thoroughly and professionally. However, we shall go by what the Supreme Court says at the hearing on August 11,” he said.

In the past week, Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh briefed Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, while investigating team members met officials of the Law and Judiciary Department.

The latest stand is different from the Maharashtra government’s earlier stated position that there was no need to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the Mumbai Police are doing a competent job and probing it from all possible angles.

The CBI has registered an FIR based on the case lodged by Patna police on the complaint of Sushant’s father, K.K. Singh.

Last week, the Mumbai Police had cold-shouldered the Patna police team which was camping in Mumbai for several days for probing the Sushant case.

On Friday, irate over his 6-day long quarantine ordered by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as he reached Mumbai to help the state police team, Patna’s SP, City, Vinay Tiwari hit out at the Maharashtra government after he was released.

“I was not quarantined, but the Sushant probe was quarantined,” he said, before flying back to Bihar as per Covid-19 protocols as directed by the BMC.

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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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Actress Neha Sharma: Working with Ila Arun a highlight of ‘Aafat-e-Ishq’ shoot

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Actress Neha Sharma counts working with veteran actress-singer Ila Arun as a highlight of shooting for a new film.

Neha and Ila are currently shooting for the film, “Aafat-e-Ishq”, and Neha pointed out Ila had “incredible energy” that was “contagious”.

“It has been a fun ride shooting for the film. Everyone on the set has been super enthusiastic. The entire team is extremely brave, hardworking and passionate about this film, else shooting during times of Covid would be impossible. For me, the highlight was (getting) to work an incredible cast and crew, especially Ila Arun ma’am,” Neha said.

About the film, she added: “It’s a quirky film that we hope will bring a smile to everyone watching. We are still in the middle of the shoot and it has been nothing short of exciting.”

“‘Aafat-e-Ishq’, is based on award-winning Hungarian film, “Liza, The Fox-Fairy”. The film is directed by Indrajit Nattoji. The Zee5 original film also features Namit Das, Deepak Dobriyal and Amit Sial and is currently being filmed in Nashik.

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