Karishma Prakash, Deepika Padukone’s manager claims that she was being forced by NCB to change her lawyer

Karishma Prakash, Deepika Padukone’s manager claims that she was being forced by an NCB officer to change her lawyer.

Actor Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash told a special court, through an application that the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) was invoked against her by the agency as she did not agree to a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officer’s proposal to change her lawyer and hire someone of his choice. She said that she has recorded conversations which she sought that the court hear before deciding on her pre-arrest bail plea.

She has been booked in the drugs case being probed in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput last year.

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The application filed earlier this week urges the court to hear the recordings and consider it as an additional ground in her seeking anticipatory bail, the application for which is pending before the court.

It further said that officer Balwant Rai claimed that the agency’s prosecutor and her advocate were not on good terms. Therefore, she must change her lawyer or Section 27A (financing illicit trafficking and harbouring offenders) would be invoked against her. The offence attracts a punishment of a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.