Drug Probe: Vivek Oberoi’s Home Searched by Crime Branch

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi’s Mumbai residence was searched by the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Thursday, 15 October. The search warrant was issued in relation to a drug probe within the Kannada film industry allegedly involving his brother-in-law Aditya Alva.

Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police, Central Crime Branch said in a statement, 

“In the Cottonpet case, Aditya Alva is absconding. Vivek Oberoi is his relative and we received some information that Alva is in Mumbai. Vivek Oberoi might also be aware of Alva’s whereabouts. So a court warrant was obtained and a CCB team went to Oberoi’s Mumbai house to conduct a search”.

Aditya Alva’s residence in Bengaluru was also searched, as per a report by NDTV. Aditya Alva, son of former Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, is accused in a case involving drugs allegedly being supplied to singers and actors in the Kannada film industry.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bengaluru carried out a search at the Yehalanka residence of Kannada film actor Ragini Dwivedi on Friday, 4 September, morning in connection with a drug case, as per a report by The News Minute. Dwivedi has been detained by the CCB.

Ragini Dwivedi was summoned on Thursday, 3 September, but she failed to appear for questioning. She had taken to Twitter to say that she will appear on Monday, citing that the summons was given at a short notice. Dwivedi added that the same was communicated to the police through her lawyers. However, police served her a second notice asking her to appear for questioning by Friday itself.

The search at Dwivedi’s house was carried out after the CCB announced the arrest of Ragini’s friend and alleged drug peddler Ravi Shankar. Sources told The News Minute that Shankar is a government employee working with the Regional Transport Office in Jayanagar and is known to have attended rave parties where there was widespread use of contrabands.

The searches and arrests come in the wake of the Kannada film industry being linked to drug abuse. The allegations had surfaced after the police and the Narcotics Control Bureau nabbed an international drug trafficking racket in multi-city raids in August.

Source: The Quint

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