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Karan Johar on drug party accusation: ‘Vicky Kaushal was recovering from dengue, my mother was sitting with us’

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Weeks after a politician accused Karan Johar of hosting a drug-fuelled party that was attended by Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, among other Bollywood personalities, the filmmaker has dismissed the conspiracy theory as “baseless”.

SAD MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa had claimed that a video shared by Karan from the party was a proof that drugs were used there. He had even requested the police to take cognizance; none of the celebrities have reacted to claims till now.

Talking to journalist Rajeev Masand, Karan asked if he would have shared a video if drugs were indeed used. “There were achieving members of the industry who were having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time. 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,” he said in the interview.

Discussing how the reflection of a light near Vicky Kaushal was misconstrued as proof, he added, “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.”

He went on to explain that Vicky was actually recovering from dengue and drinking hot water with lemon. Karan said that it was just a party where friends letting their hair down over some wine. “My mother, 5 minutes before this video, was sitting with us. It was that kind of a family, happy, social gathering, where friends were sitting and having a good time and we were listening to some music, having some good food and having good conversational energy there. There was nothing else going on,” he said.

While he accepted that he wondered whether he should react to the accusations, he eventually decided not to. “I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations because that’s what they were, baseless,” he said, while accepting that he will take a more ruthless course next time, “I told them also… I am not taking this very kindly, the next time where baseless accusations, I will take the legal route. You cannot mar our solid reputations, our sincere reputations our committed reputations just because you are presuming something. You cannot put out a baseless accusation that has no base, no fact, no truth, no reality and try and mar us and our reputations, it’s ridiculous.”

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‘Truth must come out,’ says SC on Sushant Singh case, pulls up Maharashtra govt over quarantining Bihar cop

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that it is unfortunate that a gifted artist like Sushant Singh Rajput passed away under unusual circumstances and the truth in the matter should come out.

Justice Hrishikesh Roy, hearing the arguments on a plea by Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty seeking transfer of the case from Patna to Mumbai, said “very unfortunate incident has taken place”.

“A gifted and talented artist has passed away in circumstances which are unusual. Now, the circumstances in which this death took place needs to be inquired into,” Justice Roy observed.

The judge also added that it needs to be investigated whether there was any criminality involved in the matter.

“Everybody has an opinion in the matter, we need to proceed according to the law,” added Justice Roy.

Rhea Chakraborty’s counsel asked the top court to grant her interim protection.

Opposing the plea, Vikas Singh, lawyer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, told the Supreme Court that evidence was being tampered with, and now, after the Centre has informed the court about the CBI inquiry into the matter then her petition does not survive.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed the Supreme Court that the Centre has accepted Bihar government’s request recommending CBI enquiry into the alleged suicide of the actor.

Stating that “It is in everyone’s interest that the truth should be unraveled,” the top court also pulled up the Maharashtra government for quarantining for 14 days Bihar Police IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who has been tasked with heading the probe in the matter.

“It doesn’t send out a good message. He was there to do his job. You must do everything in a professional manner. Protect all evidence,” said Justice Roy.

The lawyer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s father had told the apex court that the quarantine is only to destroy the evidence. He also pleaded before the court for a direction to Mumbai Police to cooperate with Bihar Police in the matter.

The Bihar Police has claimed the Mumbai Police of “forcibly” quarantining Patna police officer Vinay Tiwari.

However, the Maharashtra government counsel insisted that there has been no destruction of evidence in the case.

Posting the matter for further hearing next week, the Supreme Court also sought a status report from Mumbai Police on its probe so far into the actor’s death.

The top court has sought a status report from the state governments in Bihar, Maharashtra, the centre and Sushant Singh Rajput’s father to file their responses to Chakraborty’s petition in three days.

The Bihar Police had filed an FIR against Chakraborty on a complaint by the Sushant Singh’s father, alleging that she illegally transferred Rs 15 crore from the actor’s Mumbai bank account and mentally harassed him.

However, the Maharashtra government has stated that the FIR by Patna police is “politically motivated and that it does not have any jurisdiction.”

The young actor, 34, was found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14 and since then the police have been probing the case keeping in mind various angles. Rejecting any foul play, the final post-mortem report had stated that Sushant died of asphyxia as a result of hanging.

On Tuesday, the Bihar government recommended CBI investigation into the alleged suicide case after Sushant’s father KK Singh spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and requested him for the same.

With several twists and turns emerging in the past few days, there has been a growing clamour from political parties as well as some Bollywood personalities to hand over the case to the CBI.

However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had slammed the demands and asserted that the Mumbai police was capable of probing the actor’s death in June.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Mumbai Police had made a startling revelation that the late actor had googled his own name and of his former manager Disha Salian — who committed suicide on June 9 — as well as words related to death and mental disorder in his last few hours.

The police said they retrieved this information from his mobile phone and laptop.

Sushant searched for words like “painless death”, “schizophrenia” and “bipolar disorder” on Google, according to Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan tests coronavirus negative, discharged from hospital

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday tested coronavirus negative and has been discharged from the Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital.

Bachchan was in hospital for 23 days after he announced on July 11 of being tested positive for coronavirus.

Abhishek Bachchan had informed on Twitter about BigB’s health.

“My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him,” he said.

However, Abhishek Bachchan further informed that he remained Covid-19 positive and remain in the hospital.

“I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted,” he said.

“I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise,” he added.

A few days back, Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya had tested negative and was discharged from the hospital.

Expressing his thoughts in his blog, Amitabh wrote, “… they go home the little one and Bahurani .. and the tears flow out .. the little one embraces and tells me not to cry ..’you’ll be home soon’ she assures .. I must believe her.”

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‘Satyameva jayate, truth shall prevail’: Actress Rhea Chakrborty breaks silence on allegations

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Amid the death mystery of the Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput deepening and the financial investigating agency, Enforcement Directorate involving in the case, with the demand for CBI investigation lined up, actress Rhea Chakraborty speaks out after series of allegations.

In a video which is reportedly released by her lawyers, Rhea Chakraborty broke her silence and said that ‘truth shall prevail.’

“I have immense faith in god and the judiciary. I believe that I will get justice. Even though a lot of horrible things are being said about me on the electronic media, I refrain from commenting on the advice of my lawyers as the matter is subjudice,” Rhea said in the video.

“Satyameva jayate, the truth shall prevail,” she said.

Rhea has been seen wearing a white dress and was sobbing while delivering her message.

The video is making rounds over the internet and many, including Bollywood stars, are sharing their opinion on the video.

She breaks her silence after brutal thrashing over the social media on the matter which has escalated after Sushant’s father had filed an FIR alleging the actress of misappropriating Rs 15 crore from late actor’s account as well as of mental harassment.

As per the reports, the actress who was in a relationship with Sushant left him around a week before his death had also blocked her phone number.

In the FIR, Sushant’s father KK Singh also alleged that his son was disturbed since Rhea came in his life.

Sushant Singh’s ex-wife and actress Ankita Lokhande has also spoken to the media on his death. She said that although she was in not a direct contact with the actor since separation, but she found his disturbed since last one year.

Rhea Chakraborty had moved the Supreme Court seeking the transfer of FIR to Mumbai from Patna.

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