"I'm as shocked and taken aback as you are"
Arjun Rampal has issued a statement after his girlfriend’s brother was arrested for drug possession.
Authorities recovered narcotics from Gabriella Demetriades’ brother, Agisilaos Demetriades, in Goa.
Demetriades was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
It followed an operation that targets those involved in illegal substance consumption and distribution.
NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede spearheaded the case and said:
“We have arrested him on Friday in Goa in the operation that was meant to target and nab drug peddlers.”
Sources close to the NCB revealed that this is the third case that the NCB has pursued against Agisilaos.
Wankhede confirmed this:
“There are now three NCB cases against Agisilaos Demetriades.
“He was arrested in the Sushant Singh Rajput drug case in October 2020.
“There was a second, Nigerian cocaine case and now this is the third one against him.”
Meanwhile, Arjun Rampal issued his own statement concerning the recent arrest that had been made. He said:
“Dear friends, followers and the public, I’m as shocked and taken aback as you are with this latest development today.
“It’s unfortunate that my name is being unnecessarily dragged in every publication though I have no association whatsoever.
“As far as my family and I are concerned, my direct family and I are law-abiding citizens.
“And while the incident involves a person who is a relative of my partner, I have no other connection or relationship other than that with this person.”
The actor added: “I request the media to not make headlines using my name as we are NOT related and this is causing hurt and confusion for my own family and the people I have a professional relationship with.
“I have faith in our legal system and whoever is on the wrong side of the law, should be treated as the judiciary deems fit.
“My trust is in the system in these matters.
“Let the law take its course and kindly refrain from attaching my partner’s and my name to something we have nothing to do with.
“I appreciate all your support and humbly request you to be honest and sensitive in this regard.”
Arjun Rampal first met South African model Gabriella Demetriades through mutual friends and they now have a son together, Arick, who was born in July 2019.
It comes after the Bollywood star and his wife of 20 years, Mehr Jesia, parted ways in 2018. The couple have two daughters together, Mahikaa and Myra.
Agisilaos Demetriades appeared in court and has now been sent to two weeks of judicial custody.