In a new development in the Bollywood drugs nexus case, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned Bollywood filmmaker and producer Karan Johar in connection with the 2019 party video that had come under severe scrutiny. Karan Johar has to respond to the notice by December 18.
There has been no date mentioned in the notice and Karan may not need to appear in the NCB office in person. He has been asked to send his response and produce documents/electronic evidence, with regard to the viral video of his party, which triggered a huge drug controversy long before the agency started its probe into Bollywood’s link with drug mafias following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14.
As per sources, the notice has been sent to check the veracity of the 2019 party video which was under circulation. The video had come under scrutiny after Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa filed a complaint with the NCB alleging consumption of drugs at his party.
It is also being reported that the director may not have to appear at the NCB office in person but he will likely be to asked to tender an explanation over the video.
In September this year, Sirsa approached the Narcotics Control Bureau with respect to the viral video, after the agency started its probe in Bollywood drug link and arrested Sushant Rajput’s friend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik. Both of them are now out on bail, but the probe is going on and several Bollywood personalities have been interrogated by NCB in the last few months.
It had been reported in October that a meeting was called over the same where the NCB team led by NCB Deputy Director KPS Malhotra and DDG Mutha Ashok Jain discussed this with NCB DG Rakesh Asthana to decide the next course of action.
His summons comes after repeated interrogations of top Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, and the latest being Arjun Rampal.
On several occasions, Karan Johar talked about the video in the last one year. “There were achieving members of the industry who were having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time. I took that video with all the earnestness… would I be putting out that video if there was anything happening at all, I am not stupid,” he said in an interview.
After the NCB interrogated and arrested Kshitij Ravi Prasad in the drug case, the name of Johar and the old video surfaced. Kshitij was associated with Dharma Productions’ sister concern Dharmatic Entertainment.
The now-deleted video from 2019 features Karan Johar recording the guests at his party one by one, Deepika Padukone, Shakun Batra, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput, Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal, Rohit Dhawan, Zoya Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Ayan Mukerji, Pooja Shetty Deora, among others.