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“I do not consume drugs,” clarifies Karan Johar in a statement; clears air around Dharma employees summoned by NCB

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Bollywood industry has been in the news lately because of the ongoing drug probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The agency has been issuing summons to various Bollywood celebrities and their managers for questioning. Filmmaker Karan Johar’s name has also come up in the media after an old video from Karan Johar’s party went viral once again. The video from 219 saw several Bollywood celebrities and it was alleged that the people in the party were consuming illegal substances.

"I do not consume drugs," clarifies Karan Johar in a statement; clears air around Dharma employees summoned by NCB 

With several reports doing the rounds, especially after two employees of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions were summoned earlier today, the filmmaker has released a statement, clarifying the same. “Certain news channels, print/ electronic media and social media platform(s) are wrongly and misleadingly reporting that narcotics were consumed at a party that I, Karan Johar hosted on July 28, 2019 at my residence. I had already clarified my position way back in 2019 that the allegations were false. In view of the current malicious campaign, I am reiterating that the allegations are completely baseless and false. No narcotics substance was consumed in 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 wrote.

“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. I would like to further state that several media news channels have been airing news reports that Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are my "aides"/"close aides". I would like to place on record that I do not know these individual personally and neither of these two individuals are "aides" or "close aides". NEITHER I, NOR DHARMA PRODUCTIONS CAN BE MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT PEOPLE DO IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES. THESE ALLEGATIONS DO NOT PERTAIN TO DHARMA PRODUCTIONS,” he added. 

 

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“I wish to further state that Mr. Anubhav Chopra is not an employee at Dharma Productions. 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. Mr. Kshitij Ravi Prasad joined Dhamatic Entertainment (sister concern of Dharma Productions) in November 2019 as one of the executive producer on contract basis for a project which eventually did not materialise. However, 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 concluded. 

ALSO READ: NCB questions Karan Johar’s aide Kshitij Prasad in the drugs probe, raids his residence


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