Johar shared a prolonged assertion on Instagram saying that neither he consumes narcotics nor does he encourage individuals to make use of such substance.
Mumbai: 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 dwelling, 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The filmmaker’s response got here after an outdated video from a star-studded July 2019 celebration at his residence resurfaced on social media, amid Narcotics Management Bureau’s (NCB) medicine probe in reference to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying.
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 could be seen partying collectively. It’s being alleged that medicine have been consumed by a number of prime Bollywood celebrities at this celebration.
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.
“Certain news channels, print/ electronic media and social media platform(s) are wrongly and misleadingly reporting that narcotics were consumed at a party that I, Karan Johar hosted on July 28, 2019 at my residence. I had already clarified my position way back in 2019 that the allegations were false,” Johar stated within the assertion.
Calling it a “malicious campaign”, the filmmaker reiterated that the allegations are fully false and baseless.
No narcotics substance have been consumed on the celebration. I want to unequivocally as soon as once more state that I don’t devour 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 ridicule”.
On Friday, NCB had questioned Dharma Productions’ govt producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad and Anubhav Chopra in relation with the drug-nexus within the Hindi movie business. However in line with Johar he would not know any of them personally.
The filmmaker stated Prasad joined Dharmatic Leisure, sister concern of Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of many govt producers on contract foundation for a undertaking, which finally didn’t materialise.
Johar added that Chopra was briefly related along with his banner as an assistant director and labored solely on two tasks.
“He was briefly associated with us for only two months in the capacity of 2nd assistant director for a film, between November 2011 and January 2012 and as assistant director for the short film in January 2013. He has thereafter never been associated with Dharma Productions for any other project,” the director stated.
Johar stated prior to now few days media has resorted to distasteful, distorted and false allegations, and if the baseless claims proceed to malign his picture he would not be left with another possibility however to legally defend his rights.
“I hope the members of the media would exercise restraint else I will be left with no option but to legally protect my rights against this baseless attack on me,” he stated.
In the meantime, Padukone, who attended Johar’s 2019 home celebration, and Shraddha Kapoor reached the NCB workplace on Saturday morning in south Mumbai to report their assertion in medicine probe linked to movie star Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying.
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 medicine angle got here to gentle in reference to Rajput’s alleged suicide, has now widened its investigation and referred to as movie celebrities for questioning.
Rajput, 34, was discovered useless in his Bandra residence on June 14. His dying has sparked a variety of controversy within the media and the case is presently being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the NCB.
His girlfriend, actor Rhea Chakraborty, who has been accused of abetting Rajput’s suicide by his household, has been arrested within the medicine case linked to his dying.