Mumbai, September 26: Amid ongoing drug probe in Bollywood, filmmaker Karan Johar released a statement and reiterated that the allegations on him are completely 'false' and 'baseless'. In his statement, Karan Johar also claimed that he has never consumed narcotics nor promotes or encourages consumption of any such substances.
"In view of the current malicious campaign, I am reiterating that the allegations are completely false and baseless. No narcotics substance were consumed at the party. I would like to unequivocally once again state that I do not consume Narcotics and I do not promote or encourage consumption of any such substance," he said
He added that malicious statements against him have unnecessarily subjected his family, colleagues 'to hatred, contempt, and ridicule'. He further added that "All these slanderous and malicious statements, news articles and news clippings have unnecessarily subjected me, my family, and my colleagues, and Dharma Productions, to hatred, contempt, and ridicule."
Clarifying that Anubhav Chopra is not an employee at Dharma Productions, Johar said 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.
The filmmaker said Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on a contract basis for a project, which eventually did not materialize.
At the last giving the warning to the media, he said that if the media continue to malign his image then he will be left with no option but to 'legally protect' his 'rights against this baseless attack' on him. "In the past few days, the media has resorted to distasteful, distorted, and false allegations. I hope the members of the media would exercise restraint else I will be left with no option but to legally protect my rights against this baseless attack on me," he wrote.
This comes after Narcotics Control Bureau has summoned Dharma Productions director and executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad for joining the investigations into the drugs cases linked after the agency conducted raids there.
The case refers to a video shared by Johar on social media in 2019 that recently came under the scanner after Narcotics Control Bureau's (NCB) drugs probe in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. The guests as visible in the video, include Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Malaika Arora, and Arjun Kapoor, besides filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Ayan Mukerji.
Moreover, Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa in a tweet has claimed that Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is set to summon Karan Johar soon in the drug-related case.