Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash, who has been summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drug case, is likely to appear before the agency on Wednesday.
“Deepika Padukone’s talent manager Karishma Prakash will appear before NCB officials tomorrow [Wednesday], NCB sources told India Today.
The NCB handed over summons to Karishma’s mother after she failed to appear before the agency or replying to summons.
Karishma Prakash was summoned after the NCB claimed to have seized 1.7 gm of hashish during a search at her residence here in October-end, NCB sources said.
As per the sources, besides the contraband, two bottles of CBD oil, a cannabis product, were also found at her residence during the search.
Since then, she was summoned multiple times by the drug law enforcement agency to join the probe and record her statement. However, Karishma Prakash has not responded to the summons and remained “untraceable”.
Karishma Prakash has already applied for anticipatory bail.
The NCB, which is probing alleged nexus between drug peddlers and Bollywood celebrities which came to light after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, had summoned Prakash on October 28 following seizures at her residence.
Earlier, Deepika Padukone and Karishma Prakash had appeared before the NCB for questioning. Prakash’s name came up during interrogation of one of the arrested drug peddlers.
Statements of Padukone and fellow actors Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh, among others, were recorded by the NCB in September.
NCB has so far arrested 23 persons as part of its investigation in the drug case linked to Rajput’s death. The late actor’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, one of the accused in the drug case, is out on bail.