Kshitij Prasad was referred to as up the NCB officials on Thursday.
Mumbai/ New Delhi:
Film producer Kshitij Prasad, who was arrested last week by the Narcotics Command Bureau in a widening prescription drugs probe connected to Sushant Singh Rajput loss of life, was “harassed and blackmailed” by the officers of the anti-medicines probe company, his attorney Satish Maneshinde advised a Mumbai court on Sunday. Mr Prasad was “forced to falsely implicate” filmmaker Karan Johar and his other top executives, the lawyer underlined.
“NCB officers said they would let me off if I implicated either Karan Johar, Somel Mishra, Rakhi, Apoorva, Neeraj or Rahil,” the law firm quoted him as stating in the courtroom. The investigating officers “questioned me to falsely allege that they consumed medication,” he claimed. “I refused to comply with this despite the pressure remaining mounted on me as I did not know any of these men and women individually… and I did not desire to falsely implicate anyone,” Mr Prasad was quoted as declaring.
One of the investigating officers – Sameer Wankhede – has been named in the lawyers’ assertion. “Sameer Wankhede instructed him (Kshitij Prasad) that because he did not want to cooperate, he would instruct him a lesson and made him sit on the flooring up coming to his chair. Sameer Wankhede then put the shoe of his foot near Kshitij’s face and proclaimed that this was his true aukad (position),” the attorney instructed the court docket, including that other officers close to “laughed at this plight”.
The incident “seriously traumatised Kshitij, who experienced never ever been in this sort of predicament in advance of. Just after in excess of forty eight hours in these types of custody, he was incredibly fatigued and shaken. He requested to communicate with Sameer Wankhede by yourself and enquired if he experienced offended him,” Mr Maneshinde told the court, stressing that Mr Prasad “also reiterated that he would very a lot like to speak with his lawyer or family members”.
“Sameer Wankhede knowledgeable him that if he wished to be granted a connect with, he should indication the statement they organized, which he could retract later on. Kshitij was unaware of the legalities included and experienced never even arrive throughout this term of ‘retraction of statement’. At the conclusion of approximately 50 several hours of interrogation, humiliation and torment, Kshitij is his desperation to talk to his attorney or family members, unwillingly and underneath threats signed the assertion,” Mr Maneshinde said.
Past week, Karan Johar experienced denied statements that Kshitij Prasad was linked with his business – the Dharma Productions. Mr Prasad joined Dharmatic Amusement, a company joined to Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as a person of the govt producers on deal foundation for a project which eventually did not materialise, Mr Johar had mentioned.
In a statement, Satish Maneshinde on Sunday explained: “Kshitij Prasad was developed nowadays (Sunday) for remand just before the Ld Addl Chief Metropolitan Magistrate through video conference. Just before the proceedings commenced, I knowledgeable the Justice of the peace that Kshitij was harassed and blackmailed to make a statement aside from 3rd degree and ill remedy.”
Kshitij Prasad was referred to as up by the NCB officers on Thursday (September 24), when he was in Delhi they desired to lookup his Mumbai property. He returned to Mumbai the upcoming day.
The NCB team “observed absolutely nothing in the residence aside from the conclusion little bit of a stale and dry cigarette butt in the balcony”, and the team “commenced insisting it was a ganja joint”, his law firm has claimed. “Upon his wife’s insistence , the phrase ‘believed’ to be a ganja joint was inserted in the panchnama (probe file),” his attorney claimed.
He was taken to the probe agency’s office with two other friends on Friday.