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Arrested producer alleges NCB official held shoe on his face after refusing to ‘falsely implicate’ Karan Johar in drug probe

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Former executive employee at Dharmatic Entertainment (the digital arm of Dharma Productions owned by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar), Kshitij Prasad, alleged that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) coerced him to ?falsely implicate? Bollywood producer Karan Johar and several other executives of his production in the alleged case of ?drug consumption. Reportedly, upon refusal, Prasad even accused NCB official Sameer Wankhede of making him sit on the floor and holding up a show on his face saying this was Prasad’s worth.

Prasad was arrested on Sunday for allegedly being a part of the Bollywood drug nexus.

However, the agency has denied any of the above charges by saying that the investigation was instead being executed in a professional way.

As per a report in Indian Express, The former Dharmatic Entertainment employee told a Mumbai court on Sunday that the agency had forced him to falsely implicate Karan and his associates. NCBs Deputy DG Mutha Ashok Jain refuted the allegations and said that the probe was progressing in a professional manner.


Prasads lawyer Satish Maneshinde said the NCB had harassed and blackmailed his client. Maneshinde was quoted in the report as saying, The NCB officers apart from Sameer Wankhede were courteous to Kshitij and provided him with a comfortable sleeping arrangement. The next morning when his statement recording resumed, Kshitij was categorically informed by Sameer Wankhede in the presence of several other officers, that since he was associated with Dharma Productions, they would let him off if he implicated Karan Johar and some others, falsely alleging that they consumed drugs. Kshitij refused to comply with this despite the pressure being mounted on him as he did not know any of these people personally and did not wish to falsely implicate anyone.

Refuting Prasads claims, NCB Deputy DG Jain said that the probe was conducted in a professional manner; there was no intended target other than what is revealed during the investigation.

Johar in a statement issued last week had clarified that he didn’t know Prasad personally as he had only briefly been employed with Johars firm in 2019.

Johar said, 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 added, 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 individuals 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.


Mr. Kshitij Ravi Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment (sister concern of Dharma Productions) in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on contract basis for a project which eventually did not materialise, said Johar. 

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Amravati man killed for allegedly supporting Nupur Sharma; Amit Shah hands over probe to NIA

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Delhi

Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah has ordered the NIA (National Investigative Agency) to take over the probe of the murder of an Amravati chemist who was allegedly killed for supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

Shah’s office tweeted: “MHA has handed over the investigation of the case relating to the barbaric killing of Shri Umesh Kolhe in Amravati Maharashtra on 21st June to NIA. The conspiracy behind the killing, involvement of organisations and international linkages would be thoroughly investigated.”

54-year-old Kolhe was murdered on June 21, a week before Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Udaipur, was killed for supporting Sharma’s views. Kolhe’s throat was slit while he was going home from his shop.

The police, so far, have arrested five persons: Mudassir Ahmed Shaikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan Khan (23), Abdul Taufeeq Tasleem (24), Shoeb Khan (29), and Ateef Rashid. All five accused except Adbul, have no previous offences or crime records. Abdul, in the past, was booked for skirmish at a mosque.

The judicial custody of the five accused was extended till July 5 by a local court on Saturday.

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SHOCKER: 4 gang rape monitor lizard in Maharashtra, record act on phone; get arrested

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Radhika Dhawad | Ratnagiri

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In the most unbelievable incident ever, four men were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). The reserve is spread over four districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

The gruesome incident took place at Gothane village in Ratnagiri district on March 31 when the four accused illegally entered Chandoli National Park (part of the reserve). One of the four was also carrying a gun for hunting.

The Maharashtra Forest Department checked the mobile phone of one of the accused and that’s when he learnt about the incident. The officials found the recording of the act, which showed the accused allegedly gang-raping the monitor lizard.

A forest official said the four accused were identified as Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.

The official said, “During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons. We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now. They have been asked to mark their presence before the forest officer, who is probing the case, every Monday.”
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” said field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat.

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ED attaches Sanjay Raut’s properties in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case; Raut tweets ‘Asatyamev Jayate’

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

 

Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Tuesday, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), attached Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s property in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case. The ED, in February, had also arrested his close friend Pravin Raut.

The ED attached Raut’s plot in Alibaug and one flat in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

After ED attached Raut’s properties, the latter tweeted, “Asatyamev Jayate (the lies win)”

 

The attachment is linked to a money laundering probe linked to an alleged scam related to the re-development of a chawl in Mumbai.

More details are awaited. 

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