Film executive Kshitij Prasad alleged that officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) forced him to implicate Bollywood producer-director Karan Johar in a case related to alleged consumption of drugs. Prasad, a former executive producer of Dharmatic Entertainment, the OTT show producer and sister concern of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, told a Mumbai court on Sunday.
The NCB arrested Prasad on Sunday in a case related to alleged drugs nexus in Bollywood. NCB Deputy DG (South West) Mutha Ashok Jain denied the allegation saying that the probe was being carried out in a professional manner.
Prasad’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said his client was harassed and blackmailed by NCB officials to make a statement against Karan Johar, Apoorva, Somel Mishra among others. He also called out Sameer Wankhede, one of the investigating officers, in his statement. Wankhede allegedly threatened Prasad by keeping his foot near his face, the lawyer said.
Prasad was produced before the metropolitan magistrate via video-conference. Earlier on Saturday, Johar had denied any links to Prasad.
The probe agency told the court that Prasad in his statement said that he had procured drugs from another accused Karamjeet Singh Anand and his associates.The probe into the case revealed that the accused is a part of conspiracy for drug procurement with other accused persons linked to Rajput’s death case, NCB further added.
Meanwhile, the NCB on Saturday has recorded statements of actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan in the drugs probe linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus. Reports said Padukone was questioned just short of six hours.