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Drug menace in Sandalwood: CCB detains Ragini Dwivedi after conducting searches at actress' Bengaluru residence

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.

Published: 04th September 2020 10:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th September 2020 01:13 PM   |  A+A-

Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi detained by Central Crime Branch after they raid her house in connection with a drug case in Bengaluru Friday Sept. 4 2020. (Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

BENGALURU: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru, which is probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry, detained actress Ragini Dwivedi after carrying out searches at her residence here on Friday morning around 6 am, police said.

Dwivedi's friend Ravi Shankar was arrested on Thursday and she was summoned to appear before the police. Actor's residence located in an apartment and after the search the CCB officials took her in their car for the questioning. 

"The CCB obtained the search warrant from a court," a police officer said.

According to police sources, a team of CCB sleuths reached Dwivedi's residence at about 6 am.

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.

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In the meantime, the police said they have arrested one Ravi, who has close acquaintances in the Kannada film industry, in connection with the drugs case and a court has sent him to police custody for five days.

The CCB intensified its investigation into a drugs 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 had given his statement to the CCB about drug abuse in Sandalwood.

He had also claimed that at least 15 people in the industry were involved in the drugs 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.

(With ENS and PTI Inputs)



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