Karan Johar distances himself from drugs case, says he doesn’t consume narcotics

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With Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) zeroing in on Karan Johar’s associates Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra, associated with his firm Dharma Productions, and questioning them in connection with the emerging drug abuse angle in Sushant Singh Rajput case, the filmmaker has now come out in the open and distanced himself from the controversy.

Issuing a statement, Karan Johar said that he did not personally know two people being probed refuting reports that described them as his “aides”.

“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’,” Karan Johar said in his statement.

He said that Anubhav Chopra was not an employee at his company Dharma Productions though he had worked on two projects with Dharma Productions in an independent capacity between 2011 and 2013.

Kshitij Ravi Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment, a company linked to Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on contract basis for a project which eventually did not materialise, Johar said.

“Neither l, nor Dharma Productions can be made responsible for what people do in their personal lives. These allegations do not pertain to Dharma Productions,” he said while trying to distance himself from the emerging drugs angle.

Lashing out at what he called “malicious campaign” that started gaining grounds with accusations of encouraging nepotism and later spiralled into allegations of rampant drug abuse, Karan Johar also rubbished reports which suggested drugs were consumed at a party he hosted at his home last year in July.

“These slanderous and malicious statements, news articles and news clippings have unnecessarily subjected me, my family, and my colleagues, and Dharma Productions, to hatred, contempt and ridicule. I would like to unequivocally once again state that I do not consume narcotics and I do not promote or encourage consumption of any such substance,” Karan Johar reacting to allegations that drugs were consumed at a party hosted at his residence in 2019.

The video of the party, which went viral, showed many Bollywood biggies in attendance.

“In the past few days, the media has resorted to distasteful, distorted and false allegations. 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,” Johar added.

NCB has been widening its probe net and has already questioned actor Rakul Preet Singh and Deepika Padukone’s manager for hours on Friday. NCB will also question Deepika Padukone and Sara Ali Khan.

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