Following his arrest on Saturday, Kshitij Ravi Prasad was produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace courtroom in Mumbai by way of video conferencing which remanded him within the Narcotics Control Bureau’s custody until 3 October for additional investigation.
A Mumbai courtroom on Sunday remanded Kshitij Ravi Prasad, who was earlier employed as an government producer by filmmaker Karan Johar, within the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)’s custody until 3 October, following his arrest in a medicine case linked to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying.
Prasad had joined Dharmatic Entertainment (sister firm of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions) in November 2019 as one of many government producers on a contract foundation for a undertaking, which finally didn’t materialise, Johar stated in a press release on Friday.
Prasad was arrested by the NCB on Saturday after questioning.
He was produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace courtroom in Mumbai by way of video conferencing which remanded him within the probe company’s custody until 3 October 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 dying and an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus. Padukone’s supervisor Karishma Parekh was additionally questioned by on Friday and requested to be current on Saturday.
The probe company informed the courtroom on Sunday that Prasad in his assertion stated 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 is related with different accused linked to Rajput’s dying case, it stated.
The investigation into this case is in preliminary stage as revelations made by Prasad are to be verified, the NCB additional stated.
It additionally stated Prasad is not directly related with accused Anuj Keshwani, from whom business amount of a contraband was seized.
Therefore, it’s essential to interrogate in deep as to whom the accused was delivering the contraband in Bollywood, it added.
Prasad’s name cropped up in the course of the NCB’s wider probe into the alleged Bollywod-drugs nexus.
On Friday, the NCB additionally questioned Anubhav Chopra, who earlier performed with Dharma Productions, in reference to the alleged drug-nexus within the Hindi movie business.
However, in keeping with Dharma Productions proprietor Johar, he would not know any of them personally.
“He was briefly related to us for under two months within the capability of 2nd assistant director for a movie, between November 2011 and January 2012 and as assistant director for the quick movie in January 2013. He has thereafter by no means been related to Dharma Productions for another undertaking,” Johar stated.
The investigation started three months after Rajput’s passing with actor Rhea Chakraborty’s interrogation. The actor has been in jail since 9 September after she was arrested below the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Her brother Showik Chakraborty and two of Rajput’s staff have additionally been arrested.
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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