Former Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa has filed a complaint with the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) against Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora, Shahid Kapoor, and others who were present at filmmaker Karan Johar‘s house party in October 2019. Calling it a “drug party”, Sirsa has demanded an investigation basis an old video shared by Johar on Instagram, that went viral last year. Sirsa’s complaint comes at a time when the NCB has arrested Rhea Chakraborty and is further probing into an alleged drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
On Twitter, sharing images of the complaint addressed to Rakesh Asthana, the Director-General of NCB, Sirsa wrote, “That party video must be investigated into!” He has named Johar, Padukone, Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, and Vicky Kaushal.
Stars At Karan Johar’s Party Accused Of “Drug Abuse”
This is not the first time that Sirsa has pointed out his grievances against the party hosted by filmmaker Johar. When the video first surfaced last year, many, including Sirsa, had made claims that the stars at the party seemed to be in a “drugged state.” The attendees of the party were from the film industry, with the likes of Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, and Varun Dhawan caught on camera.
Sirsa shared the video, raising his voice against the alleged “drug abuse” by these stars:
#UDTABollywood – Fiction Vs Reality
Watch how the high and mighty of Bollywood proudly flaunt their drugged state!!
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) July 30, 2019
Karan Johar had expressly rubbished these rumours. He said, “I took that video with all the earnestness… would I be putting out that video if there was anything happening at all, I am not stupid… My mother, 5 minutes before this video, was sitting with us. It was that kind of a family, happy, social gathering.”
Several people had apparently also mistaken the light seen near Kaushal in the video to be proof of drugs. On this, Johar countered, “Apparently you are not allowed to scratch your nose. Apparently, you are not allowed to put your phone in your back pocket. Apparently, a shadow of light is perceived to be some kind of powder.”
Ongoing NCB Probe Into Sushant Rajput’s Death
According to news reports, 20 people have been arrested in NCB’s investigation into Rajput’s death. The agency had conducted raids in parts of Mumbai and Goa over the weekend, rounding up people identified as drug peddlers.
Chakraborty, who was arrested on September 8 for procuring drugs, has reportedly given names of Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, and Simone Khambatta to the NCB.
She is currently lodged in Byculla Jail after her bail plea was rejected, and is to remain there until September 22. She was charged under the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act for procuring drugs for Rajput.