Executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad remanded to NCB custody till Oct 3
- Prasad procured drugs from another accused Karamjeet Singh Anand and his associates: NCB
- The NCB has also recorded statements of actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan in a drug case
- NCB started to probe a drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput's death case and it has widened since then
Kshitij Ravi Prasad, who was earlier hired as an executive producer by a firm of filmmaker Karan Johar, was sent to NCB's custody till October 3 by a Mumbai court on Sunday, following his arrest in a drugs case linked to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, reported PTI.
Prasad was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday after questioning.
A magistrate court, via video conferencing, remanded him in the probe agency's custody till October 3 for further investigation.
Prasad, in 2019, joined Dharmatic Entertainment (sister concern of Karan Johar's Dharma Productions) as one of the executive producers on a contract basis for a project, which eventually did not materialise, Johar said in a statement on Friday.
The alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus angle widened when NCB started to probe the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead in his apartment on June 14.
The NCB on Saturday recorded statements of actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan in the drugs probe linked to Rajput's death and an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus.
The NCB told the court on Sunday that Prasad in his statement said he had procured drugs from another accused Karamjeet Singh Anand and his associates. "The investigation into the case revealed that the accused is a part of conspiracy for drug procurement with other accused persons. He is connected with other accused linked to Rajput's death case," it said.
The investigation into this case is in preliminary stage as revelations made by Prasad are to be verified, the NCB further said.
It also said Prasad is indirectly connected with accused Anuj Keshwani, from whom commercial quantity of a contraband was seized.
Therefore, it is necessary to interrogate in deep as to whom the accused was delivering the contraband in Bollywood, it added.
On Friday, the NCB also questioned Anubhav Chopra, who earlier worked with Dharma Productions, in connection with the alleged drug-nexus in the Hindi film industry.
However, according to Dharma Productions owner Karan Johar, he doesn't know any of them personally.