Mumbai: Kshitij Ravi Prasad, a former associate producer at Dharma Productions, was allegedly tortured, pressurised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to give a statement against filmmaker Karan Johar, as revealed by his lawyer in an exclusive interview for a national daily.
Satish Maneshinde, the lawyer representing Prasad, claimed that his client was “harassed and blackmailed” to give a statement in the Bollywood drugs probe. Prasad was part of Dharmatic Entertainment (sister concern of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions) in November 2019.
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Kshitij’s lawyer has claimed that his client was tortured by the NCB. He was reportedly asked to implicate Karan Johar and some other people associated with Dharma Productions.
NCB has refuted all the allegations and said that it is a professional agency. NCB chief Rakesh Asthana has given instructions to his officials that the probe should be carried out in a manner that it doesn’t create any kind of perception that the probe agency is targeting one particular person or a particular group.
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The former Dharma Productions employee was arrested by the apex drug law enforcement agency in a drugs-related case on September 26. A court sent Prasad to NCB custody till October 3 for further investigation.
Maneshinde claimed that the NCB found nothing from his client’s house, except for a cigarette butt, which the officials believed to be of a “ganja joint”. While sharing a note, Maneshinde claimed that Kshitij “unwillingly signed the statement after nearly 50 hours of interrogation, humiliation and torment”.
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Notably, the NCB had on September 25 questioned Anubhav Chopra, who also was earlier associated with Dharma Productions.
Amid the drugs controversy, Karan Johar released a statement saying that Prasad was hired at Dharmatic Entertainment in November 2019 as an executive producer for a project, which eventually did not materialise. Johar further said that Chopra worked with Dharma Productions as an assistant director and worked only on two projects.