The Quint reports that sources at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) deny any reports of a clean chit against the Karan Johar party video footage held at filmmaker’s residence last year.
Several news platforms recently reported that a clean chit has been given by the NCB to the video of a party held at Karan Johar’s residence in which several Bollywood stars are seen.
In September, former Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa had filed a complaint with the NCB alleging that the footage was from a ‘drug party’ at the filmmaker’s home and demanded that the party video should be investigated by the central agency.
It was reported that the NCB would re-examine the video from the party in light of the recent drugs probe in Bollywood after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Many news media platforms have carried reports stating that the NCB has given a clean chit to the 2019 party video based on the findings submitted by the Forensic Science Laboratory officials.
However, sources in the NCB have told The Quint that the news reports allegedly based forensic findings are ‘just speculation’. Filmmaker Karan Johar had on 25 September put out a statement on social media saying that allegations that drugs were consumed at the party held at his residence in 2019 are false and misleading.
Javed Akhtar takes a stand against the Karan Johar allegations
Javed Akhtar has come out in defence of the Indian film industry in the ongoing Bollywood drug probe that’s underway by the Narcotics Control Bureau. Javed also spoke about his recent tweet about Karan Johar’s house party and said that he wanted the attention of the media to be diverted to matters of importance.
In an interview, he said that he isn’t an expert on agriculture and economy, and that certain news channels could provide people like him with information, instead of focussing on Bollywood. “I’m not an expert on agriculture or economy. Certain channels can educate people like me who don’t understand these things but they did not hold up their responsibility,” he told journalist Barkha Dutt.
Javed on September 25 had tweeted, “If Karan johar had invited some farmers too for his party life would have been easier for our TV channels. They would not have had to choose between farmers protest and Karan’s party!. it seems that Karan’s do is the second most favourite PARTY of our channels.” Last week, more than 200 farmers’ groups across the country blocked roads and organised rallies in protest against three controversial farm bills passed in the monsoon session of the Parliament.
Source: The Quint