Mumbai: A Mumbai courtroom on Sunday remanded Kshitij Ravi Prasad, who was earlier employed as an government producer by a agency of filmmaker Karan Johar, within the NCB’s custody until October Three following his arrest in a medication case linked to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise.
Prasad had joined Dharmatic Leisure (a sister concern of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions) in November 2019 as one of many government producers on a contract foundation for a undertaking, which ultimately didn’t materialise, Johar stated in an announcement on Friday.
Prasad was arrested by the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) on Saturday after questioning.
His identify cropped up in the course of the NCB’s wider probe into the alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus.
He was produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace courtroom right here through video conferencing which remanded him within the probe company’s custody until October Three for additional investigation.
The NCB on Saturday recorded statements of actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan within the medicine probe linked to Rajput’s demise and an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus.
The probe company informed the courtroom on Sunday that Prasad in his assertion stated that he had procured medicine from one other accused Karamjeet Singh Anand and his associates.
The probe company additional stated the investigation into the case revealed that the accused is part of conspiracy for drug procurement with different accused individuals. He’s related with different accused linked to Rajput’s demise case, it stated.
The investigation into this case is within the preliminary stage as revelations made by Prasad are to be verified, the NCB additional stated.
It additionally stated that Prasad is not directly related with accused Anuj Keshwani, from whom the industrial amount of contraband was seized.
Due to this fact, it’s essential to interrogate in deep as to whom the accused was delivering the contraband in Bollywood, it added.
Prasad’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde, nonetheless, informed the courtroom that the accused was “harassed and blackmailed” to present an announcement.
He was additionally subjected to third-degree and ill-treatment, the lawyer alleged.
Maneshinde then requested the courtroom to report Prasad’s assertion, which it allowed.
Prasad informed the courtroom that in a raid at his home the NCB didn’t discover something, besides a stale and dry cigarette butt, which they “believed to be a ganja joint”, a observe shared by his lawyer stated.
Prasad stated his two associates picked up by the company, have been requested to present an announcement towards him.
He additionally claimed that the NCB official, whereas recording his assertion inserted “patently false claims” regardless of his protest.
Prasad informed the courtroom that his assertion was not recorded as per his narration and language.
He claimed to have “unwillingly signed the statement after nearly 50 hours of interrogation, humiliation and torment”, the observe stated.
After listening to each the edges, the Justice of the Peace stated that detailed custodial interrogation of Prasad was “justifiable” to get the reality out.
On Friday, the NCB had additionally questioned Anubhav Chopra, who earlier labored with Dharma Productions, in reference to the alleged drug-nexus within the Hindi movie business.
Nevertheless, based on Dharma Productions proprietor Karan Johar, he doesn’t know any of them personally.
Johar in an announcement on Friday stated Prasad had joined Dharmatic Leisure, sister concern of Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of many government producers on a contract foundation for a undertaking, which ultimately didn’t materialise.
The filmmaker stated Chopra was briefly related along with his banner as an assistant director and labored solely on two tasks.
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