Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone to be questioned by police as celebrity drug probe deepens

Indian actress Deepika Padukone at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, on January 20.

New Delhi (CNN)One of Bollywood's biggest stars has been summoned for questioning by Indian police as part of an ongoing probe following the suspected suicide of high-profile actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Deepika Padukone -- who appeared alongside Vin Diesel in the 2017 film "XXX: Return of Xander Cage" -- is set to be questioned Saturday, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director General Rakesh Asthana told CNN.
Asthana did not give details about what Padukone would be questioned about. CNN has reached out to Padukone's representatives for comment.
    Former model Padukone, now one of India's best-paid actresses, is the highest-profile star to be embroiled in a probe into allegations of drug use in Bollywood -- a story that has transfixed the country and dominated headlines for months.
    The investigation was sparked after Rajput, 34, was found dead in his Mumbai flat in June in what police described as a suicide. Indian authorities conducted an autopsy but have not made an official statement on the result.
    Shortly after his death, Rajput's father KK Singh filed a police complaint in Bihar, the Indian state he lives in, accusing Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty -- a lesser-known Bollywood star -- of stealing money from her boyfriend's bank account and abetting his suspected suicide. Rajput's family allege Chakraborty abetted his suicide by providing him with drugs that exacerbated his mental health issues, Chakraborty's lawyer Satish Maneshinde told CNN earlier this month.
    She denies those allegations, he added.
    "Some sections of the press continue to portray her in a negative light which is unfortunate," Maneshinde said.
    In August, a case based on Rajput's father's allegations was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation, a federal law enforcement agency, and the scope of the probe widened. Since then, the NCB has arrested at least 10 people including Chakraborty, who was apprehended earlier this month for allegedly buying cannabis for Rajput prior to his death.
    Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty in Mumbai on August 22, 2018.