On Saturday, Kshitij got arrested in connection with drugs network in Bollywood. He was questioned on Friday by NCB.
Notably, Drug Probe is going on related to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. A number of celebrities have been summoned by NCB for questioning in this matter.
Film Executive Kshitij Prasad claimed that he has been forced by the Officers of Anti Drugs Probe Agency. His lawyer Satish Maneshinde told a Mumbai court on Sunday that Mr Prasad was “forced to falsely implicate” filmmaker Karan Johar and his other top executives, the lawyer underlined.
“NCB officers said they would let me off if I implicated either Karan Johar, Somel Mishra, Rakhi, Apoorva, Neeraj or Rahil,” the lawyer quoted him as saying in the court. The investigating officers “asked me to falsely allege that they consumed drugs,” he said. “I refused to comply with this despite the pressure being mounted on me as I did not know any of these people personally… and I did not wish to falsely implicate anyone,” Mr Prasad was quoted as saying.
According to a report in Indian Express, the former Dharmatic Entertainment employee told a Mumbai court on Sunday that the agency had forced him to falsely implicate Karan and his associates. NCB’s Deputy DG Mutha Ashok Jain refuted the allegations and said that the probe was progressing in a “professional manner”.
Satish Maneshinde was quoted in the report as saying, “The NCB officers apart from Sameer Wankhede were courteous to Kshitij and provided him with a comfortable sleeping arrangement. The next morning when his statement recording resumed, Kshitij was categorically informed by Sameer Wankhede in the presence of several other officers, that since he was associated with Dharma Productions, they would let him off if he implicated Karan Johar and some others, falsely alleging that they consumed drugs. Kshitij refused to comply with this despite the pressure being mounted on him as he did not know any of these people personally and did not wish to falsely implicate anyone.”
On Sunday, Satish Maneshinde said: “Kshitij Prasad was produced today (Sunday) for remand before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate through video conference. Before the proceedings began, I informed the Magistrate that Kshitij was harassed and blackmailed to make a statement apart from third degree and ill treatment.”
Last week, Karan Johar had denied claims that Kshitij Prasad was associated with his firm – the Dharma Productions. Mr Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment, a company linked to Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on contract basis for a project which eventually did not materialise, Mr Johar had said.
“Neither l, nor Dharma Productions can be made responsible for what people do in their personal lives. These allegations do not pertain to Dharma Productions,” Karan Johar said in a statement. “I would like to unequivocally once again state that I do not consume narcotics and I do not promote or encourage consumption of any such substance,” he said.
However, NCB Deputy DG Jain said: “The investigation is being carried out in a professional manner and there is no intended target other than what is revealed during the investigation. The allegations (by Prasad) are absolutely untrue.”
Notably, Kshitij Prasad was taken to the probe agency’s office with two other friends on Friday.