NCB quizzes Deepika, Shraddha, Sara for hours

Mumbai, September 26

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday recorded statements of actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan in the drugs probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus.

While Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor were questioned at the NCB’s zonal office at Ballard Estate, Padukone was questioned at a guest house in Colaba, an official of the central agency said.

Producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad arrested

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday arrested Dharma Productions’ executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad after questioning in a drugs case linked to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, an official said.

“He was questioned at the Ballard estate office of the NCB and later taken to hospital for medical tests,” the official said.

Shraddha Kapoor reached the NCB office around 12 pm and left after six hours, while Sara Ali Khan reached around 1 pm and left around 5.30 pm. Padukone was confronted with her manager Karishma Prakash during questioning, sources said. Padukone, who reached the guest house around 9.50 am, left at 3.50 pm. Prakash, who had been quizzed on Friday too, was also allowed to leave around 3.40 pm. On Friday, the NCB had also questioned Dharma Productions’ Anubhav Chopra in connection with film industry-drug nexus.

In a statement, film-maker Karan Johar had said Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment, sister concern of Johar’s Dharma Productions, in November 2019 on a contract basis for a project which did not materialise. According to NCB sources, Karishma Prakash’s WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one ‘D’ and the central agency wanted to find out who this person was. — PTI

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