CCB officials question Kannada actor Ragini Dwivedi after house raid in Sandalwood drug case.
Bangalore: A team of CCB sleuths, including women officials, reached Dwivedi’s residence at Judicial Layout in North-East Bengaluru at about 6 am after obtaining a search warrant from the court.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru, which is probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry, on Friday interrogated actor Ragini Dwivedi after conducting a search at her residence this morning.
A team of CCB sleuths, including women officials, reached Dwivedi’s residence at Judicial Layout in North-East Bengaluru at about 6 am after obtaining a search warrant from the court.
“We have taken a search warrant from the court and now, the CCB is conducting a search at Ragini’s house in Bengaluru,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), told
The CCB had served a notice to the actress on Wednesday, asking her to depose before them on Thursday, but she sent a team of lawyers seeking time till Monday. The police directed her to appear before them on Friday. CCB sources said the actress will appear before the sleuths at 10 am.
On Thursday, a second division clerk (SDC) with Regional Transport Office and a close aide to the actor was arrested in connection with the case. K Ravishankar, a resident of Vijayanagara, is currently under five days of police custody.
In a tweet on Thursday, Ragini said that she is committed to appear before the police on Monday morning.
“I am grateful for all the concern expressed by the public about a notice I received yesterday. As I received it at very short notice, I was unable to appear today before the CCB police. However out of respect for the process of the law. My advocates have presented themselves before the police, have explained my difficulty in not being able to appear today, and have sought time. I am committed to appear on Monday morning before the police,” she posted on the micro-blogging site.
The CCB intensified its investigation into a drug haul in Bengaluru after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested three persons from the city, who were allegedly supplying drugs to singers and actors in the Kannada film industry, also known as “Sandalwood”.
Filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh recently gave his statement in this regard to the CCB. He claimed that at least 15 people in the industry were involved in the drug trade.
Dwivedi, whose family hails from Haryana’s Rewari, was born in Bengaluru. She made her Sandalwood debut in the movie “Veera Madakari” in 2009.
She shot to fame for her role in Kempe Gowda, Ragini IPS, Bangari, and Shiva.
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