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Actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan attend a promotional event for their romantic drama Hindi film 'Kedarnath' in Mumbai on November 29, 2018. Image Credit: AFP

In a significant development, the names of Bollywood celebrities like Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta have apparently emerged in the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probe into the drugs angle surrounding the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, official sources said on Monday.

Though NCB Deputy Director KPS Malhotra confirmed the names, he denied media speculation of the agency having prepared a so-called ‘hit-list’ of over two dozen Bollywood personalities in connection with the probe.

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The NCB has not divulged details of specific aspects of the probe in which the names of these three celebrities have come up or the extent of their alleged involvement in the narcotics investigation.

Sara, 25, is the daughter of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and his first wife Amrita Singh, and had starred with Rajput in the Hindi blockbuster ‘Kedarnath’ in 2018, a romantic Hindi drama.

The scion of the Pataudi royal family, she is the grand-daughter of late cricket legend and aristocrat MAK Pataudi and his wife, Sharmila Tagore, and was part of the team which travelled to Bangkok after the film’s success.

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Rakul Preet Singh. Image Credit: AFP

Singh, 30, has acted in a number of Hindi and South Indian films, while Khambatta, 29, is a fashion designer and media personality.

Over a dozen people have been arrested by the NCB so far, including Sushant’s ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, and several drug peddlers, narco-dealers and suppliers.

While Rhea, Showik and others have been sent to judicial custody, some of the drug peddlers have been remanded to NCB custody.