Up to date: September 27, 2020 2:46:44 pm
A Mumbai court docket on Sunday granted the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) custody of former Dharmatic Leisure government producer Kshitij Prasad until October three in reference to the probe into the purported “drug nexus” in Bollywood.
On Saturday, Prasad was the 20th individual to have been arrested by the company in reference to the case.
Senior NCB officers had earlier claimed that Prasad, an Government Producer at Dharmatic Leisure – a sister concern of Dharma Productions, a manufacturing home owned by Karan Johar – was in contact with main drug peddlers in Mumbai.
“A few of these peddlers have already been arrested whereas the others are but to be caught. Prasad has instructed us that he used to acquire medication for his personal consumption. We’re investigating whether or not he additionally used to produce these medication to others,” an official had earlier mentioned.
The Dharma worker was arrested in FIR 16/2020 of the NCB’s Mumbai Zonal Unit.
The company had beforehand arrested actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and 17 others below this FIR and seized small portions of cannabis, LSD dots and marijuana. It later knowledgeable the court docket that it had determined to file a second FIR “to uproot the drug citadel in Mumbai, particularly in Bollywood”.
“Statements of 4 individuals had been recorded right this moment. I can’t touch upon what they mentioned. Their statements shall be submitted to the court docket,” Mutha Ashok Jain, Deputy Director Common, South West Area, NCB, mentioned.
Jain added that the company will now evaluation the arrests and seizures it has made earlier than deciding who to query subsequent.
“The actresses have denied taking medication. We might serve them a summons for additional questioning if we discover new proof. Their questioning is over for now,” an NCB official mentioned.
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