Mumbai: Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal’s Australian friend Paul Bartel was arrested on Friday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for his alleged involvement with drug peddlers.
Bartel was reportedly in regular contact with Agisialos Demetriades, an alleged drug peddler, arrested by NCB in October, and the brother of Gabriella Demetriades, a South African model who is the live-in partner of Rampal.
Bartel was detained by NCB on Thursday and after being questioned, was placed under arrest early on Friday in the same case in which Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and at least 20 others have been arrested over the past three months of NCB probe.
NCB has recorded Bartel’s statement and also noted down the call data records.
Bartel, an architect by profession, resides at Bandra in western suburb of Mumbai.
Meanwhile, after being summoned by NCB, Rampal appeared in the agency’s office this afternoon and was grilled by its officials, while his girlfriend Gabriella was questioned for more than 12 hours spread over Wednesday and Thursday.
Agisialos has been booked in another drug case, after the probe revealed his connections with a Nigerian cocaine supplier, Omega Goodwin.
Both Bartel and Agisialos are known to Rampal as well as other filmdom personalities as the NCB tightens its grip on the Bollywood-drugs mafia cartels.
The NCB’s Bollywood drugs angle probe was launched after the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.