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Karan Johar Issues Statement Amid Bollywood Drug Probe

Karan Johar in a statement released on social media denies allegations against him over narcotic drug use. On Saturday, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh were seen at the NCB office’s undergoing their interrogation. The Dharma Productions head has once against had to clarify a 2019 party hosted at his residence with other Bollywood A-listers.

“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 said in the statement.

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“In view of the current malicious campaign, I am reiterating that the allegations are completely false and baseless. No narcotics substance were consumed at the party. 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,” he added.The director said such “slanderous” statements and news articles have subjected him, his family, colleagues, and banner Dharma Productions, to “hatred, contempt and ridicule,” wrote Johar.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has been expanding their investigation into drug use within the Indian film industry. A complaint has been registered by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjinder Sirsa, who met with Director-General of the NCB, Rakesh Asthana earlier. An investigation will be probing the alleged drug party that occurred at Johar’s residence in 2019. The Indian celebrity A-listers that are set to be investigated include Shahid Kapoor, Karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal, Deepika Padukone, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor.

Karan Johar statement over drug probe

Karan Johar in his statement said Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment, sister concern of Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on contract basis for a project, which eventually did not materialise. Johar added that Chopra was briefly associated with his banner as an assistant director and worked only on two projects.

“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 said.

Recently, Kangana Ranaut called out Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Ayan Mukerji as ‘cocaine addicts’ asking them to undertake blood tests to prove her wrong, tap to read more

While on Saturday, actor Deepika Padukone arrived at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) offices earlier today for her round of questioning in the Bollywood drug scandal. For more on the Bollywood nepotism and drug nexus tap here

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