Rajput’s father accused Chakraborty of stealing money from his bank account and helping him commit suicide, charges she denied. Chakraborty’s lawyers argued at her bail hearing on Tuesday that Rajput had a drug habit long predating his relationship with her, and argued she has been absurdly overcharged as a professional drug dealer with up to 20 years in prison on the line.
The NCB opposed Chakraborty’s request for bail, saying that under Indian law buying drugs to supply another person is a “more serious offense” than buying them for personal use. Observers of the case said the NCB is eager to demonstrate that wealth and celebrity will not secure any special treatment for accused members of the drug ring.
Padukone left a movie set to testify on Saturday, followed soon after by fellow actresses Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan. The drug agency also questioned Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash.