Kshitij Prasad was presented before the NDPS court on 3rd October and said that the agency harassed him into falsely implicating actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. The NCB later called his claims “false and baseless.”
Kshitij, who was arrested on 26th September on account of procurement of drugs, said, “I have been repeatedly harassed and coerced into falsely implicating Dino Morea, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor in the present proceedings despite me repeatedly stating that I do not know the persons and have no knowledge of such allegations. I say that in this manner I am being mentally, emotionally and psychologically harassed and abused by the NCB into making false statements.”
As reported by the Times of India, NCB claimed that Kshitij was trying to bargain a lot by seeking removal of stringent Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act’s Section 27A in exchange for his signatures on the statements.
NCB has clearly denied all the allegations made by Prasad’s defence advocate Satish Maneshinde regarding NCB threatening Kshitij to make statements against Karan Johar and other senior officers at Dharma Productions.
The plea said, “In view of the fact that he was under pressure of the concerned officers, the accused had to make the statement under duress, threat and coercion. The statement is totally involuntary and not recorded in accordance with law.”