Popular Bollywood producer Firoz Nadiadwala's wife arrested by NCB for drugs possession
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday arrested Shabana Saeed, the wife of popular veteran Hindi film producer Firoz A. Nadiadwala, allegedly for buying ganja from a drug peddler. Nadiadwala, who is known for producing blockbusters like Phir Hera Pheri, Awara Pagal Deewana and Welcome, has also been issued with summons to appear in front of the drug probe agency. The Juhu residence of Nadiadwala in Mumbai was searched on Sunday after a drug peddler named Wahid Abdul Kadir Shaikh was arrested in West Andheri a few days back. Upon further investigation into Shaikh's clients, the police were led to Nadiadwala's wife, Saeed, who is alleged to have purchased 10 gm of ganja from him.
In a statement, the NCB said it seized ganja from Shabana Saeed's home on Sunday, following which she was issued summons, with the agency also recording her statement after which they arrested her. An officer said that Shaikh was involved in supplying drugs to people working in television and film industries. "We have also issued summons to Nadiadwala. He was supposed to come to the office on Sunday but did not turn up. We have issued him another summons and asked him to appear for questioning on Monday," said the officer. Further addressing Shaikh, the officer stated he modelled himself under the guise of Sultan Mirza - a gangster character portrayed by actor Ajay Devgn in the hit 2010 Hindi film, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai.
Speaking about his wife's Shaban Saeed's arrest, Firoz Nadiadwala is reported to have told a news agency that the truth will eventually surface soon. The officer added, "Firoz Nadiadwala's wife Shabana Saeed was issued a notice under section 67 of the NDPS Act. She was arrested after her statement was recorded."
Hailing from the reputed Nadiadwala family of filmmakers, Firoz Nadiadwala is the grandson of producer A K Nadiadwala and cousin of filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala. The elder brother of Sahid Nadiadwala, Firoz debuted as a film producer with the Aruna Irani starrer Ver Na Valamna in 1983. Firoz himself has had troubles in the past with the law as he was sentenced to three-month rigorous imprisonment by a Mumbai court for delay in payment of ₹8.56 lakh as TDS for 2009-10.
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