"No, there is no connection of that said video"
On September 26, 2020, a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official stated that Karan Johar’s 2019 party is unrelated to the ongoing Bollywood drugs investigation.
The filmmaker had hosted a party at his home and he reportedly filmed the event.
The event gathered a lot of attention as many Bollywood celebrities were seen with bleary-eyed stares into the camera. This prompted netizens to claim that they were on drugs.
It was rumoured that the party was going to be investigated, however, now the NCB has said that the agency will not be looking into it.
Karan had even released a lengthy statement, saying that drugs were not present at the party. He also denied taking drugs.
The NCB stated that their focus is on the drugs-related investigation surrounding the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
During a press conference, the NCB was asked if they planned to summon Karan over the alleged ‘drug party’.
Mutha Ashok Jain, NCB South-Western Region Deputy Director-General replied:
“No, there is no connection of that said video with this case.”
There had been rumours that Karan Johar may be summoned for questioning as a result. However, Jain explained that no new summons have been sent to any other Bollywood celebrities.
On September 26, Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan were questioned by the NCB.
It was reported that Shraddha was questioned at the NCB’s Zonal Office at Ballard Estate in South Mumbai while Deepika Padukone was interrogated at the NCB guest house in South Mumbai.
According to an NCB official, Shraddha reached the office at around 12 pm. She was reportedly interrogated for almost six hours. She left at around 5:55 pm.
Sources also stated that Deepika was probed alongside her manager Karishma Prakash.
Deepika was also interrogated for approximately six hours. She arrived at the guest house in Colaba at around 9:50 am and left at 3:50 pm.
In the latest development in the case, the NCB seized the phones of three Bollywood A-listers. These include Deepika and Shraddha.
As well as the actresses, Deepika’s manager Karishma Prakash and KWAN employee Jaya Saha’s phones were also seized by the NCB.
Sources have claimed that officials will search for clues and other digital evidence for their involvement in Bollywood’s drug trade.
Jain said that 19 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of Sushant.