The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru on Friday detained film actor Ragini Dwivedi in connection with its investigation into the alleged drug menace in Kannada film industry. "He was in Delhi and parties where drugs are consumed and two CCB police inspectors had gone to Delhi and arrested him", Patil said.
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On Thursday, the CCB arrested Ravi Shankar, an employee of the state regional transport organisation who was reportedly associated with Dwivedi in recent times. However, she failed to depose and sought time till Monday. The Police directed her to appear before them today. There are party goers who don't do drugs, sources quoted her as telling the police. As I received it at a very short notice, I was unable to appear today before the CCB police.More news: US Open: Djokovic advances, Pliskova eliminated
The 12 accused named in the FIR are Shivaprakash, Ragini Dwivedi, Veeren Khanna, Prashanth Ranka, Vaibhav Jain, Adithya Alva, Loum Pepper, Prashanth Raju, Ashwin, Abhiswami, Rahul Thonshe and Vinay.
It is said that Ragini used to chat with Ravishankar on WhatsApp during which drugs issue was also discussed. There was allegation that drug racket is rampant in Kannada Film industry and also many influential people were involved in it.
Ragini, 30, entered the film industry with her debut movie "Veera Madakari" in 2009 and gained popularity for her stellar role in films like "Kempe Gowda", "Ragini IPS", "Bangari" and "Shiva". Dwivedi's name emerged after the police questioned Lankesh, sources said.More news: Grizzlies' Morant scoops NBA Rookie of Year award
Khanna was produced before court in New Delhi and taken into four-day police custody. The trio of alleged peddlers of party drugs were booked under the NDPS Act.
Recently, the Narcotics Control Bureau, which busted an global drug racket, confiscated a large cache of drugs and arrested three drug peddlers, had indicated that drugs were being supplied to some prominent musicians, Sandalwood actors, children of VIPs and college students.
The current drug scandal surfaced after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted raids at the residences of three drug peddlers in Bengaluru last month. On September 3 (Thursday) evening, the CCB officials also arrested a person named Ravi.More news: LeBron James snaps over Scottie Pippen comparison
In fact, hundreds of MDMA pills were also seized from their residences.