Did Rhea Chakraborty name Sushant Singh Rajput’s co-star Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh? Times Now and Navika Kumar face condemnation for ‘fake news’ on Saif Ali Khan’s daughter


Days after Times Now sensationally claimed that Rhea Chakraborty had named Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh in the drug racket case, the Narcotics Control Bureau has reportedly termed the news as fake. The NCB, which arrested Rhea a few days ago for procuring banned substance for Sushant, has also reportedly denied preparing any list on Bollywood stars including Saif Ali Khan’s daughter. The latest revelation has prompted Twitterati to slam Times Now and its editor Navika Kumar for peddling fake news.

A report by Free Press Journal quoted NCB Deputy Director KPS Malhotra as saying, “We have not prepared any Bollywood list. The list earlier prepared was of peddlers and traffickers. It’s getting confused with Bollywood.”

Malhotra also rejected the claim made by Times Now that Rhea had named Sara and Rakul Preet in her confession. “The names have not been zeroed upon,” the NCB officer was quoted as saying.

Times Now in its report had claimed that a list of Bollywood A, B and C list actors and directors was being prepared by the NCB. The controversial TV channel had earlier claimed that Rhea had named 25 names from the Hindi film industry.

Meanwhile, the TV channel has begun facing widespread condemnation for its latest instance of fake news.

Meanwhile, Times Now’s Navika Kumar has defended her story as she tweeted, “…The story said these 3 were named by Rhea in her statement to NCB. They hung out together &consumed drugs. That was the story.The rest is your generalisation. I stand by my story. And clarifying to our viewers. Your comments don’t matter.”

Sushant died reportedly by committing suicide on 14 June. His dead body was found from his residence in Mumbai. Sushant’s father had accused Rhea of foul play. The Bihar Police had later filed an FIR based on his complaint. The Bihar government had later given its approval to the request for a CBI inquiry into Sushant’s death case.

However, the federal probe agency is yet to make any breakthrough to substantiate the allegations of Sushant’s murder, as widely alleged by the late actor’s fans and family members.