New Delhi October 15th
Actor Vivek Oberoi’s home in Mumbai was searched by the Bengaluru police today in connection with a drugs case allegedly involving his brother-in-law Aditya Alva. “Aditya Alva is absconding. Vivek Oberoi is his relative and we got some information that Alva is there. So we wanted to check. So a court warrant was obtained and Crime Branch team has gone to his house in Mumbai,” said Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner, Bengaluru police.
Aditya Alva, the son of former Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, is accused in what has come to be known as the “Sandalwood drugs case”. He has been missing since the police launched action in the case that involves drugs allegedly being supplied to singers and actors in the Kannada film industry, often called “Sandalwood”.
The police have cracked down on the sale and use of drugs and also rave party organizers. Kannada actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani are among 15 arrested in the case. Other names include rave party organiser Viren Khanna and realtor Rahul Thonse.
A five-acre property near Bengaluru’s Hebbal Lake owned by Aditya Alva’s mother Nandini Alva was raided last month. Investigators suspect drugs were consumed at parties organised at the sprawling property that includes a swimming pool. The Bengaluru scandal emerged even as allegations of drugs use in Bollywood, which popped up in the investigations into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June, were being investigated by the Narcotics Control Bureau