Sandalwood Drug Case: Vivek Oberoi’s Wife Summoned For Questioning

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Sandalwood Drug Case: Vivek Oberoi's Wife Summoned For Questioning

Bengaluru: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru police that is probing the drug-peddling racket with alleged links to Sandalwood celebrities has reportedly summoned Priyanka Alva, the wife of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, for questioning. She is the sister of Aditya Alva, accused in the drug scandal and is on the run.

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Sandeep Patil was quoted in the media as saying “We questioned family members, including his elder sister Priyanka Alva. We’ll issue her a notice, asking her to appear before CCB for questioning on Friday.”

Priyanka and Aditya are children of late Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva.

Ironically, Vivek Oberoi played the role of a high-profile drug with political connection in Malayalam blockbuster movie Lucifer.  

Aditya is accused number 6 among 12 suspects in the FIR booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in Cottonpet police station in Bengaluru on September 4. He has been elusive since the day the FIR was registered.

Local media quoting an investigating officer said Priyanka did not cooperate with police when they reached their flat around 11.30am in Mumbai. “They took a long time before letting in the team led by two CCB inspectors assisted by Mumbai police. Cops launched the search that ended by afternoon. Police requested Priyanka to hand over her mobile phone to check the device. Priyanka argued the warrant does not specify handing over phones or laptops or other electronic devices and did not hand over her mobiles,” the investigating officer reportedly said.

Alva’s name first surfaced in the scandal when the police arrested RTO staffer BK Ravi Shankar, one of the main suppliers of drugs. Ravi Shankar in his statement reportedly said parties were held at Alva’s farmhouse where drugs were supplied to revellers. It was in this connection that the Bengaluru police raided his farmhouse called ‘House of Life’ in Hebbal on the Airport Road.

Alva and three others named in the FIR — Shivaprakash, Vinay Kumar, Prashant Raju and Abhiswamy — are elusive.

Shivaprakash and Vinay Kumar had applied for anticipatory bail with a special court for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and their petitions were rejected.

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