Actor Kangana Ranaut said she will fully cooperate with the police and told them to take her blood samples, hours after Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said he has told the Mumbai Police to look into media reports of drug consumption by the actor.
"I am more than happy to oblige the Mumbai Police and Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Please do my drug tests, investigate my call records if you find any links to drug peddlers ever I will accept my mistake and leave Mumbai forever, looking forward to meeting you," Actor Kangana Ranaut said indicating at the developments in the multi-agency probe into the Sushant Singh death case.
Earlier in the day, Mr Deshmukh had said his order was based on request made by Shiv Sena MLAs Sunil Prabhu and Pratap Sarnaik during the ongoing Monsoon session of the assembly.
"I have told the Mumbai Police to look into details of a media report that Kangana Ranaut was in a relationship with actor Adhyayan Suman, who had claimed in an old interview that she takes drugs and had also forced him to do so. Probe request was submitted by MLAs Sunil Prabhu and Pratap Sarnaik," he said.
The move comes amid a bitter political row between the Shiv Sena and actor Kangana Ranaut after she compared Mumbai with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and said she felt unsafe living in the city. Shiv Sena leaders, including chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut, and NCP's Mr Deshmukh said she should not return to Mumbai if she felt that way.
Talking to NDTV, Mr Sarnaik and said his request for a probe was just to ensure that the actor's image is not maligned since she is "well respected by ministers of the central government", not political vendetta.
He had earlier taken a swipe at the Y-plus security given to Ms Ranaut following a "renewed threat after she spoke about drug use among a section in the film industry following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput".
"If the actor travels with Y-category security provided by Mumbai Police then we want that no one should be able to point a finger at her. We have sought a probe so the Mumbai Police can look into the allegations made by her very close friend (Adhyayan Suman) and clear her of all charges. If Adhyayan Suman has levelled wrong allegations then the Mumbai Police should act against him for spreading misinformation about Ms Ranaut. But if he is speaking the truth, then we want to know whom she bought drugs from and everyone in this nexus," Mr Sarnaik told NDTV, sarcastically adding that the actor was welcome to return to Mumbai.
During the assembly session today, Mr Deshmukh said Ms Ranaut's comments against the Mumbai police and Maharashtra are irresponsible. "A girl from another state comes here to earn a livelihood and Mumbai accepts her, but she insults the Mumbai Police. This is sad. If you insult Maharashtra, people will not tolerate it the NCP minister said, adding that Maharashtra belongs to the BJP too, all parties should condemn her," he said.