After grilling Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya for more than 9 hours, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday again called him for questioning in connection with the money-laundering probe related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. According to a senior ED official, Arya, the owner of Hotel Tamarind and Cafe Cotinga in Goa, once again appeared before ED on Tuesday morning and is being questioned about his chats with Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, where the two are allegedly discussing drugs. The ED official said Arya is also being probed about his financial dealings with Rhea and her brother Showik. The ED is recording his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Also Read - Sara Ali Khan Admits Dating Sushant Singh Rajput, Says He Was Not Faithful To Her During Brief Relationship
The ED questioned Arya on Monday for the first time for more than nine hours. On Sunday, Arya claimed he had never met Sushant and he had met Rhea once in 2017. He also claimed he has no connection with the Sushant case. Also Read - CBI On Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: We Are Conducting Professional Investigation, No Aspect is Ruled Out
Last week, after Arya’s name, cropped up in a social media message, an ED team visited Hotel Tamarind in Anjuna, north Goa, but the property was shut owing to the COVID pandemic restrictions. The ED has till date questioned Rhea, her brother Showik, father Indrajit, Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani, house manager Samuel Miranda and Sushant’s ex-manager Shruti Modi, among others. Also Read - SSR’s Friend Yuvraj Singh Claims CBI Should Interrogate Disha Salian's Fiancé Rohan Rai to Solve The Case
The ED has also recorded the statement of Sushant’s father K.K. Singh and his sisters Meetu Singh and Priyanka Singh. The ED had registered a case of money-laundering on July 31 on the basis of the Bihar Police FIR filed on the complaint of Sushant’s father. Besides the ED, Arya is also being investigated by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
(With inputs from IANS)