10:18 GMT19 April 2021
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    Since the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year, India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has been looking into a potential Bollywood drug syndicate. Many A-listers, including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan have been questioned in the drug probe connected with Sushant's death.

    Actor Ajaz Khan was arrested on Wednesday morning in the latest development connected with the ongoing "Bollywood drug syndicate" case. He was detained at Mumbai Airport on Tuesday and interrogated for eight hours by India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). 

    During the raid on his Mumbai residentce, the NCB recovered alprazolam, a benzodiazepine medication that is usually used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

    ​Reacting to the allegations, Ajaz told the Indian news agency ANI that only sleeping pills were found in his residence which his wife was taking to treat her depression.

    The NCB also suspected the actor of being involved with a drug syndicate run by narcotics peddlers Farukh Batata and his son Shadab Batata.

    Ajaz's name popped up in the ongoing investigation after Shadab Batata's arrest for the possession of over 2 kilogrammes of mephedrone, banned in India, on 25 March. 

    This is not the first time that Ajaz's name has surfaced in a drug case. In 2018, the former "Bigg Boss" contestant was arrested by the NCB over possession of eight ecstasy pills and banned narcotics substances.

    The actor will be appear before a Mumbai court later in the day for remand.

    Many Bollywood A-listers, including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan have been interrogated in connection with the drug case pertaining to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. The latter was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his apartment in Mumbai last year.

    In September 2020, Sushant's ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty, among others, were arrested for supposedly providing the deceased actor with drugs. The Bombay High Court granted bail to Rhea after she spent nearly one month behind bars.


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