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Comedian Bharti Singh Arrested by NCB for Possessing Drugs, Husband Harsh Limbachiya Under Investigation

MUMBAI, Nov 21: In a fall-out of the investigation into drug-connection in the Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s “mysterious death,” the noted comedian Bharti Singh was on Saturday arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) while her husband Harsh Limbachiya is under investigation and is likely to be put under arrest soon.

After questioning by the agency in connection with drug-related probe, the NCB sources said 86.5 grammes of cannabis was recovered from Singh’s house when Bureau sleuths conducted raid there. “Both Bharti and her husband accepted consumption of Ganja. While Bharti Singh has been arrested, the examination of Harsh Limbachiya is underway,” media reports said quoting NCB officials.

The couple was question by the NCB on Saturday. A raid was conducted at her house in Mumbai by the NCB. The search was conducted as part of the ongoing probe by the NCB into alleged drug use in the entertainment industry, an official said.

Singh has appeared in many comedy and reality shows on TV. She has also hosted a few such shows.

This is the latest in a series of raids conducted at residences of big names associated with Bollywood. Actor Arjun Rampal and film producer Firoz Nadiadwala were also raided by the agency earlier this month in connection with a drugs probe.

The NCB launched an investigation into the consumption and possession of drugs by people in the Hindi film industry after it received official communication from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in which there were various chats related to drug consumption, procurement, usage and transportation in connection with Sushant’s death. Sushant’s former girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty was arrested on September 9 and subsequently released on bail by the bureau after she spent nearly a month in jail on charges of procuring drugs for him.

(Manas Dasgupta)