Former Dharmatic Entertainment employee Kshitij Prasad who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drugs probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has alleged he was forced to falsely implicate Karan Johar in the case, according to reports.
Prasad was "forced to falsely implicate" filmmaker Karan Johar and other top executives, Prasad’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde told a Mumbai court on Sunday, NDTV reported.
"NCB officers said they would let me off if I implicated either Karan Johar, Somel Mishra, Rakhi, Apoorva, Neeraj or Rahil," the lawyer quoted him as saying in the court. The investigating officers "asked me to falsely allege that they consumed drugs," Prasad was quoted as saying.
Prasad was remanded in NCB custody until October 3.
Johar in a statement on Friday said Prasad had joined Dharmatic Entertainment, sister concern of Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one ofthe executive producers on a contract basis for a project, which eventually did not materialise.
The filmmaker said 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," Johar said.
-with PTI inputs