Karishma Prakash
Karishma Prakash
Photo by Viral Bhayani

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone's former manager Karishma Prakash who was touted as "untraceable" after she did not appear before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) team, arrived on Wednesday at the agency's their Mumbai office.

Prakash, who had been questioned by the NCB in October as well, had been asked "to join the investigation" last week.

Pics: After remaining 'untraceable' for a week, Karishma Prakash arrives at NCB office

"She did not appear," said a senior official who is part of the probe team.

NCB had raided Prakash's residence in suburban Versova and claimed to have seized 1.8 grams of hashish. But her lawyer denied that she stayed there.

Pics: After remaining 'untraceable' for a week, Karishma Prakash arrives at NCB office

Karishma's attendance comes after the NCB told the court on Tuesday that it will not take any "coercive action" against her in the Bollywood-drugs case till November 7.

Pics: After remaining 'untraceable' for a week, Karishma Prakash arrives at NCB office
Photos by Viral Bhayani

Fearing arrest after the NCB summoned her in the case, Prakash filed an anticipatory bail plea.

In its reply before the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court, the central agency opposed Prakash's pre-arrest bail plea. It also moved an application seeking her presence during the hearing.

Prakash's lawyer said she was ready to cooperate with the investigation and to remain present at the NCB office.

The prosecution assured the court that the NCB will not take any "coercive action" (such as arrest) against her till the next date of hearing.

Judge G B Gurao adjourned the matter for hearing on November 7.

The NCB, which is probing alleged nexus between drug peddlers and Bollywood celebrities which came to light after actor Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide in June, had summoned Prakash on October 28.

The NCB has already recorded statements of Deepika and fellow actors Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor in the case.

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