Hotelier Gaurav Arya denies supplying any drugs to Rhea Chakraborty

The Goa hotelier admits to Chakraborty asking him about drugs, but perhaps she mistook him for a drug peddler

By Anannya Srusti

Late Sushant Singh Rajput, Rhea Chakraborty

The alleged WhatsApp chats of actress Rhea Chakraborty, accessed by Times Now, has led to the emergence of a drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. In her chats with one Goa hotelier Gaurav Arya, the Jalebi (2018) actress was allegedly talking about having tried MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) whilst also discussing marijuana. The alleged chat read, “”In case we speak about hard drugs, I haven’t been doing too much. Tried MDMA once.”

Arya, in an interview with Times Now, has denied all the charges of engaging in any drug peddling and has also stated that he only knew Chakraborty socially and hasn’t met her in the past three and a half years. In reaction to the allegations that cropped up against him post the alleged conversation, Gaurav stated, “I only knew Rhea socially, we are not close, and not good friends. I would call her a distant acquaintance. I have had no communication with her since March 2017.”

Further denying the reports of him going incommunicado or unreachable, Gaurav, in a phone interview with CNN-News18 said, “I have not moved anywhere, I am exactly where I was in Goa. Any authority that wants to come and meet me, I am available. None of the agencies have contacted me yet.”

“I did not procure anything for anyone. My last association with Rhea was three and half years ago, which was before she even met this gentleman whose death is being investigated. I don’t see the point of my name being dragged into this. It is not fair to me and my family,” Arya stated.

Upon being questioned why Chakraborty was asking him about a certain drug, Gaurav told CNN, “That you need to ask her, maybe she was taking a shot in the dark, I did not procure anything for anyone. I don’t know why she was messaging me.”

Sushat was found dead at his Bandra residence on 14 June. The case is now being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Post the emergence of the alleged drug angle, the Narcotics Control Bureau will now be probing the drug angle. 

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