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A suspected drug dealer linked to the drug case linked to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput has been arrested by the Bureau of Narcotics Control, an official said on Friday.

Sahil Shah aka Flacko, 31, a neighbor of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was held after he returned to the metropolis from Dubai, the NCB official said.

Sahil’s name had come up during the investigation of a defendant in a drug case related to Sushant’s death, the official added. He will be questioned in a marijuana seizure case from last year as well as Sushant’s death in 2020, the official said.

Sahil had reportedly been on the run for nine months after NCB officials first revealed his name in connection with their investigation into the drug case. In June 2021, Sahil had filed the plea to protect himself from arrest in the case after reports claimed he was the prime suspect in the agency’s drug investigation related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Prior to this, his request for bail had also been rejected by a lower court.

In April 2021, NCB director Samir Wankhede told the media that the investigation had found that Sahil used to supply drugs to Karan Arora and Abbas Lakhani. Both individuals were arrested in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

Sushant committed suicide in June 2020 at the age of 34. After initial investigations by the Mumbai police, the NCB stepped in to investigate a drug-related angle in his death.

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The NCB made several arrests over time, including Sushant’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, and her brother Showik in September 2020. Rhea spent close to a month in jail before being released, while Showik was released on bail. almost three months later. The investigation is still ongoing.

(With PTI inputs)

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