NCB arrests Dharma Entertainment's former executive producer Kshitij Prasad
NCB arrests Dharma Entertainment's former executive producer Kshitij Prasad

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probing the alleged drug nexus in Bollywood, on Saturday, arrested Dharma Entertainment's former executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad. He will be produced before a local court on Sunday.

Kshitij Raviprasad was summoned, for joining the investigations into the drugs cases linked to film personalities being probed by the agency, on Thursday. NCB sources had confirmed that Kshitij is an important connection with other big peddlers in this case arrested earlier.

After he was detained for questioning on Friday, filmmaker and owner of Dharma Production Karan Johar late had denied the claims that Prasad is associated with the organisation. He said Prasad had joined Dharmatic Entertainment, a sister concern of Dharma productions, in November 2019 as one of the executive producers "on contract basis for a project which did not eventually materialise" while Anubhav Chopra, who was also questioned by the NCB, worked with them on projects for short durations between 2011 and 2013.

"I would like to state that several media/news channels have been airing news reports that Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are my "aides"/"close aides". I would like to place on record that I do not know these individuals personally and neither of these two individuals are "aides" or "close aides"," Johar said in a statement.

"Neither I nor Dharma Productions can be made responsible for what people do in their personal lives. These allegations do not pertain to Dharma Productions," he added.

Meanwhile, the NCB recorded the statements of Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor.

"Statements of Karishma Prakash, Sara Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone were recorded. No fresh summons have been issued in connection with the case", said Ashok Jain, deputy director general, NCB.

(with inputs from Pratik Salunke)

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