Sandalwood drugs case: Police summon actor-couple Aindrita Ray, Diganth

Bengaluru, Sep 15 (IANS): Widening the net to dig deep into the alleged Sandalwood drugs case, the Central Crime Bureau of the Bengaluru City police has summoned noted Kannada star couple - Aindrita Ray and Diganth Manchale - to appear before them in their office here on Wednesday.

The actor-couple have delivered multiple hits in the Kannada movie industry. They are a very well known couple on the party circuit as well in the city. Following Kannada actresses Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjna Galrani's arrests in this connection, the CCB has conducted a series of raids across the country and nabbed almost 11 persons in the last 10 days.

According to the Bengaluru city Joint commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil, "Notice issued to actors Diganth and Aindrita Ray to appear before Central Crime Branch (CCB) at 11 am tomorrow."

In response to the CCB notice, Aindrita Ray took to Twitter and confirmed that she has received the telephonic notice from the CCB and they (couple) will be present at the CCB office at 11 am. "We will fully cooperate in their investigations," she said.

As Ray's name cropped up in the ongoing drugs case, a the media ran a video clip that had surfaced on social media in which she was shown inviting people to Ballyas Casino for their special Eid bash, which she was going to attend as a special guest.

After the video surfaced, she issued a clarification on news channels that this was merely a video she had made at the behest of the marketing team of her Hindi movie and that she had no connection with anyone running the casino.

She also claimed that along with her co-stars she had gone to a casino in the past and it was not a wrong thing to do. "There are several other actors who also went to casinos on invitation for publicity purposes but I have been picked out and the video clip was blown out of proportion," the actress asserted.

Diganth is best known for his performance as "Doodhpeda" - a super hit Kannada movie released in 2008. His performances for the films such as Pancharangi (2010), Lifeu Ishtene (2011) and Parijatha (2012) earned him fame and pushed him to the top league of actors in Kannada cinema.

Whereas Aindrita Ray made her acting debut in 2007, starring in Meravanige and went on to appear in several commercially successful films, establishing herself as a leading contemporary actress of Kannada cinema. She is perhaps well known for her critically acclaimed performance as Devika, a mentally challenged girl, in 'Manasaare'. The couple tied the knot in 2018.

Earlier in the day, the CCB police raided premises owned by Aditya Alva, who is alleged to have been absconding since the drugs case came to fore about two weeks ago.

After the raids, the police reportedly seized documents, computers and other electronic gadgets from his raided premises.

According to the CCB police, Aditya is named as the fifth accused in this case.

He hails from a very influential family. His late father Jeevaraj Alva was considered to be one of the most powerful ministers and leaders of his time. He was considered to be the right-hand man of late Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde.

The late Alva was known for his organisational skills besides his funds mobilisation skills which are still fondly recalled by his contemporaries.

Aditya's mother, Nandini Alva too is a noted figure in the state, she is a renowned dancer and event organiser and was one of the founding members of Bengaluru Habba (Bengaluru Fest) which was launched during then Chief Minister S.M.Krishna's tenure between 1999-2004, which helped Bengaluru to showcase its cultural talent.

Besides this, Aditya is also the brother-in-law of Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi and due to this, the raid on his premises has attracted headlines.



Comment on this article

  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    These film stars being drug addicts how can they concentrate on script and deliver what is expected by the director of the movie. Romantic part no question/doubts at all!

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Whoever named in the drug issues if proved then put them behind the bar at least 15 years so that set a good example to others. Hunt them till they get caught even they backed by HDK SIDDA or YEDDI.

    IPL to be monitored closely by the intelligence group in the coming days.

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Indian Lawyers fighting on behalf of Criminals are more powerful than the siting judges in India. Maximum numbers of days spent in jail will be 3 months and later tharik pe tharik

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Its a systematic syndicates weakening the human resources thru the SLEEPER CELLS of terrorism groups and unfortunately our own people involved in it for the sake of easy money. Though they are well to do in the life then why they are involved in this kind antisocial activities. Govt should take stern action against perpetrators and declare them as TRAITOR. If you observe that they are using the woman to honey trap the bigwig people and taking photographs with public figures regardless any party.

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  • Pramila Fernanades, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    She is very confident. Might have done detoxification already. No sympathy on these. Just need justice for Sushanth Sing Rajputh. All this film industries into drugs business including some politically influenced people. We admire their party and just dream about it. The truth is their party is just smoking and consuming drugs. We people are blessed one because we are not part of such field.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    It's extremely annoying to know that the govt accidentally became aware of drug menace in the country after SSR's death. How can the people rely and have confidence in the govt on future threats to the country if this is the preparedness and early detection of threats by the govt?????????.....All the time govt was only indulged in mud slinging allegations on opposition for political gain without seriously getting to the bottom while govt was busy shielding and hiding its own activists involved in this trade.

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