Actor Arjun Rampal's girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades was questioned today by anti-drugs probe agency Narcotics Control Bureau, which is investigating allegations linked to the film industry. Arjun Rampal has been called tomorrow for questioning.
Gabriella Demetriades arrived at the bureau's Ballard Estate office in south Mumbai in her car at around 12 pm. Visuals showed a large number of journalists blocking her way as soon as she got down from her car.
A video shows a large group of mediapersons chasing her for pictures, as some men are heard appealing to them: "Jaane do (let her go)". "Stop it," an angry woman's voice is later heard saying in the clip.
The probe agency has already questioned several actors amid the expanding probe that started after actor Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead at his Mumbai home in June.
In the last few months, journalists have been often warned against chasing celebrities who have been called for questioning.
On Monday, Arjun Rampal's Mumbai home was searched by the NCB. Gabriella Demetriades's brother Agisialos Demetriades has been arrested twice over alleged links to anti-drugs cases.
The NCB probe started earlier this year when, during investigations into actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death in June, WhatsApp chats involving drugs were found on the phone of his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, also an actor.
Ms 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 spending nearly a month in jail, Ms Chakraborty was released on bail last month.
In the last two months, top Bollywood actors - Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakulpreet Singh- have been questioned as the NCB says the questioning is a part of its attempt to unravel the network of supply to celebrities.
On Monday, film producer Firoz Nadiadwala was summoned by the bureau, a day after his wife Shabana Saeed was arrested on Sunday after investigators allegedly found 10 grams of marijuana at their home in Juhu, Mumbai, during a raid.
The Nadiadwala residence was searched on Sunday following the arrest of drug peddler Wahid Abdul Kadir Shaikh in Andheri a few days earlier. As the agency tracked Shaikh's clients, NCB officers stumbled upon his link to Ms Saeed who had allegedly purchased 10 gm of the contraband from him, according to the NCB.
Ms Saeed got bail yesterday.