'Udta Punjab' producer Madhu Mantena quizzed by NCB in drug probe


Madhu Mantena Verma, a noted producer, who gave blockbusters like Udta Punjab and Ghajini, deposed before the Narcotics Control Bureau on Wednesday in a drugs related case as the NCB widened its probe. Madhu arrived at the NCB office for questioning a day after he was summoned for questioning as his name cropped up during the questioning of several other people in the last few days.

Madhu has produced several blockbuster films like Udta Punjab, Queen, Ghajini, Raktha Charitra to name a few. The federal agency on Tuesday questioned Kwan Talent Management Agency CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar. The agency also questioned Bollywood talent manager Jaya Saha for the second time on Tuesday. Both of them were questioned for over six hours. Saha has been asked to appear before the NCB again on Wednesday and the sources said that she will be confronted with Madhu.


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The CBI has also recorded the statement of Saha and celebrity manager Shruti Modi on several occasions during the ongoing probe. Senior NCB officials related to the probe on Tuesday said that it has also summoned Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone's manager Karishma Prakash in the case. However, she did not join the probe on Tuesday.

The agency is also prepared to summon Bollywood actors Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and fashion designer Simone Kabhatta. The NCB has registered a case under several sections of the NDPS Act on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after the financial probe agency found several alleged chats of Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik discussing drugs.

Rhea, Showik, Samuel Miranda and Dipesh Sawant along with 17 others have been arrested by the NCB in the case till date. A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent Rhea and Showik to judicial custody till October 6.

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