The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday arrested actor Ajaz Khan after eight hours of interrogation in connection with a drug case. He was detained at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday evening. He was spotted while being taken for medical examination after his arrest.
His name had cropped up during interrogation of drug peddler Shadab Batata, an official said. The probe team also conducted searches at Andheri and Lokhandwala areas along with Ajaz in connection with the case.
Shaikh was arrested last Thursday and over 2 kilograms of the banned mephedrone drug were recovered from him.
Revelations made by Mr Batata led the agency to Mr Khan who was questioned in the NCB’s Mumbai office. Speaking to reporters outside the office, Mr Khan had claimed he was not detained but had gone to meet the officers voluntarily. This morning, he insisted on his innocence.
“Neither was anything found from my home nor from the airport,” Mr Khan said today while talking to reporters while being taken away by officials. When asked repeatedly about the drugs found at his residence, he said, “Nothing. Ask them where they got it…what they got was four sleeping pills. My wife had miscarried and was in depression. She was taking those pills.”
The NCB has in recent months tightened the screws on the alleged Bollywood-narcotics syndicate with searches, interrogations, and arrests being made in this connection. The investigations are linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death last year. A number of industry A-listers, including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan have been questioned by the NCB during this phase.
In July 2019, he was arrested by the cybercrime police for creating and uploading ‘objectionable’ videos on social media.
Ajaz, who has worked in several Hindi and Telugu films, first got the public attention when he participated in the seventh season of the reality show Big Boss, and was often seen falling out with fellow contestants using coarse language and rough behaviour.