NEW DELHI: The issue of a nexus between the Hindi movie industry and drug traffickers came up in Parliament on Tuesday; while the union ministry of home matters (MHA) informed Lok Sabha that it hasn’t come across any actionable intelligence, which suggests a nexus between Bollywood celebrities and drug traffickers; in the Rajya Sabha several members raised objection that the whole industry used to be being tarnished as a result of the actions of a couple of.
In a written reply, the MHA informed the Lok Sabha that the Narcotics Regulate Bureau (NCB), which is under the ministry, is investigating a case in this regard. The anti-drugs investigation agency had on August 28 registered a second case, an offshoot of probe against actor Rhea Chakraborty, to enquire link between more than a few persons in Mumbai in the provide of drugs.
“Right through the period of Covid-19 lockdown, no such actionable inputs were received by NCB revealing the nexus between people in the movie industry and drug traffickers. Then again, a case in this regard has been registered by NCB Mumbai Zonal unit on 28.08.2020,” MHA said in reply to a question.
It went on to add, “Drugs such as Ganja, Cannabis, Tetra Hydro Cannabinol and Lysergic acid De-ethylamide have been seized in the operation.”
The ministry used to be responding to a query from Kumbakudi Sudhakaran, a Congress lawmaker from Kerala, who asked whether the government had conducted a detailed enquiry in the nexus between people in the movie industry and those involved in drug business all the way through Covid-19.
The agency has already arrested 10 persons in this specific case, chiefly drugs suppliers and conduits. Based on a reference from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), NCB had filed a case against Rhea and her members of the family on August 26. She used to be arrested on September 8 and is currently in judicial custody.
Earlier in the day, Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachachan who may be an actor said the industry used to be being unfairly targeted. The SPMP said the entertainment industry in a country which provides direct employment on a daily basis to 5 lakh people and oblique employment to 5 million is being called a “gutter”.
“At a time when the financial situation is in a miserable state unemployment is at the worst level, to be able to divert the attention of the people, we are being was flocked by the social media and the government’s non-support. People who have made their name in this movie industry have called it a gutter,” she said.
The actor said the government should standby the entertainment industry because it has at all times stepped forward to help the government in whatever work that it takes up. “Whether there’s a natural calamity, they come forward, they give money and they give their products and services. I think you will need to that the government should beef up this industry and not kill it,” Bachchan said.
Without naming Lok Sabha MP Ravi Kishan she said she used to be embarrassed and ashamed that someone who is from the industry had spoken ill approximately it.
On Monday, Ravi Kishen had said drug addiction is in the movie industry too. He said the central government must take strict action against the culprits.
Actor Kanagana Ranaut then again questioned whether Bachchan’s stance would change whether her children were involved.
“Jayaji would you say the same object whether in my place it used to be your daughter Shweta beaten, drugged and molested as a teenage, would you say the same object whether Abhieshek complained approximately bullying and harassment constantly and found hanging at some point? Show compassion for us also,” Kangana said in a tweet.