Johar shared a prolonged assertion on Instagram after an previous video from a star-studded July 2019 occasion at his residence resurfaced on social media, amid Narcotics Management Bureau’s medicine probe in reference to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life.
Director-producer Karan Johar has quashed the information studies claiming that narcotics have been consumed at one of many events organised on the filmmaker’s house, calling the allegations false and baseless. On Friday, Johar shared a prolonged assertion on Instagram saying that neither he consumes narcotics nor does he encourage individuals to make use of any such substance.
The filmmaker’s response got here after an previous video from a star-studded July 2019 occasion at his residence resurfaced on social media, amid Narcotics Management Bureau’s (NCB) medicine probe in reference to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life.
Within the clip, first posted by Johar on Instagram final yr, actors Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor amongst others may be seen partying collectively. It’s being alleged that medicine have been consumed by a number of high Bollywood celebrities at this occasion.
In a Twitter publish, Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa claimed that NCB is ready to summon Johar quickly within the drug-related case.
“Sure information channels, print/ digital media and social media platform(s) are wrongly and misleadingly reporting that narcotics have been consumed at a celebration that I, Karan Johar hosted on July 28, 2019 at my residence. I had already clarified my place approach again in 2019 that the allegations have been false,” Johar stated within the assertion. Calling it a “malicious marketing campaign”, the filmmaker reiterated that the allegations are fully false and baseless.
“No narcotics substance have been consumed on the occasion. I want to unequivocally as soon as once more state that I don’t eat Narcotics and I don’t promote or encourage consumption of any such substance,” he added.
The director stated such “slanderous” statements and information articles have subjected him, his household, colleagues, and banner Dharma Productions, to “hatred, contempt and mock”.
On Friday, NCB had questioned Dharma Productions’ government producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad and Anubhav Chopra in relation with the drug-nexus within the Hindi movie business. However in accordance with Johar he doesn’t know any of them personally.
The filmmaker stated Prasad joined Dharmatic Leisure, sister concern of Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of many government producers on a contract foundation for a challenge, which ultimately didn’t materialise.
Johar added that Chopra was briefly related together with his banner as an assistant director and labored solely on two tasks.
“He was briefly related to us for less than 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 challenge,” the director stated.
Johar stated up to now few days the media has resorted to distasteful, distorted and false allegations, and if the baseless claims proceed to malign his picture he wouldn’t be left with another possibility however to legally defend his rights.
“I hope the members of the media would train restraint else I will likely be left with no possibility however to legally defend my rights in opposition to this baseless assault on me,” he stated.
In the meantime, Padukone, who attended Johar’s 2019 home occasion, and Shraddha Kapoor reached the NCB workplace on Saturday morning in south Mumbai to document their assertion in medicine probe linked to movie star Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life.
Actor Sara Ali Khan can also be set to look earlier than the probe company on Saturday.
The NCB, which started the probe after a medication angle got here to mild in reference to Rajput’s alleged suicide, has now widened its investigation and referred to as movie celebrities for questioning.