Sandalwood drug racket busted: Beauty Queen Ragini Dwivedi a drug dealer?

    South Indian film industry is shocked to learn the arrest of popular Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi who is believed to be a dealer of drugs for a number of film actors in the industry.

    The Central Crime Branch (CCB) had served a notice to the actor on Wednesday, asking her to depose before them on Thursday, but she sent a team of lawyers seeking time till Monday.

    However, the police raided Ms Dwivedi’s residence early this morning after getting a search warrant from a court and took her to the CCB office in the afternoon to question her, an officer said

    Later in the evening, in a statement, Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Ragini Dwivedi has been arrested and taken into custody.”

    Besides, the actor, two people named Rahul and Viren Khanna were arrested, he said. With this, four people have been arrested in the case.

    The police had earlier said arrested one K Ravishankar, who has links within the Kannada film industry, in connection with the drugs case and a court has sent him to police custody for five days.

    According to police, Viren Khanna is a big catch. “He (Khanna) is the main person who organises big parties where drugs are consumed. He was in Delhi and two CCB police inspectors had gone to Delhi and arrested him,” Mr Patil said.

    K Ravishankar, also known as Ravi, a clerk in the Road Transport Office, was arrested on Thursday while Rahul, a realtor, was taken into custody on Fruday, Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said.

    Both of them went to high-end parties frequently and obtain drugs from foreign nationals, he said, adding that the two were peddlers and consumers.