Seoul: Prosecutors have launched an investigation into Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-Yong's suspected drug use, while the top conglomerate has flatly denied the allegation.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office began the probe after a whistleblower reported the case to the state anti-corruption watchdog, demanding an investigation into the allegation, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, citing legal sources.
The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, which referred the case to the prosecution, is known to have commented that there was no specific evidence, such as call transactions, other than some mobile chat messages and a recorded phone call.
The case first emerged after local media outlet Newstapa reported on it in an interview with the whistleblower, who claims to be the boyfriend of a nurse who is suspected of regularly injecting Lee with propofol. (IANS)