“NCB officers mentioned they would enable me off if I implicated possibly Karan Johar, Somel Mishra, Rakhi, Apoorva (Mehta), Neeraj or Rahil,” Prasad’s law firm Satish Maneshinde advised a Mumbai courtroom on Sunday, NDTV documented.
The investigating officers “requested me to falsely allege that they consumed medications,” he reported. “I refused to comply with this in spite of the pressure becoming mounted on me as I did not know any of these folks individually… and I did not wish to falsely implicate any person,” Mr Prasad was quoted as stating.
Prasad was picked up by a workforce of NCB sleuths, led by its zonal director Sameer Wankhede, from his home in suburban Versova on Friday. He was questioned at the Ballard Estate business office of the NCB. “Right after his arrest on Saturday, he was taken for health care assessments, including for COVID-19, at the medical center,” an official told information company PTI.
Prasad’s identify cropped up during the NCB’s wider probe. On Friday, NCB experienced also questioned Anubhav Chopra, who was when related with Dharma Productions, in relation to the drug-nexus in the Hindi film field.
In a assertion issued on Friday, director-producer Karan Johar said Prasad had joined Dharmatic Amusement, sister problem of Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of the govt producers on a deal foundation for a job, which at some point did not materialise. Johar added that Chopra was briefly involved with his banner as an assistant director and labored only on two projects.
“He was briefly connected with us for only two months in the capacity of 2nd assistant director for a film, involving November 2011 and January 2012 and as assistant director for the shorter film in January 2013. He has thereafter under no circumstances been involved with Dharma Productions for any other job,” the director experienced reported.