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Sushant case: Kangana, Dharma Productions CEO summoned; Mahesh Bhatt next

Mumbai, July 26 (IANS) The latest Bollywood celebrities to be summoned by Mumbai Police in the Sushant Singh Rajput case are actress Kangana Ranaut and Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Dharma Productions, the production house of Karan Johar. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt will be summoned too, within a couple of days.

This was announced by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday afternoon.

“In one or two days Mahesh Bhatt’s statement will be taken. Then under CrPC Kangana Ranaut has also been summoned. Whoever is needed we will summon,” Deshmukh told the media, according to a report in

On being asked if Johar himself would be summoned, the minister replied: “Karan Johar’s manager has been summoned, and if needed we will summon Karan Johar as well.”

News reports later verified it was Mehta, CEO of Johar’s production house, who had been summoned recently. The statement of Johar’s manager, Reshma Shetty, has been recorded earlier.

Meanwhile, Kangana’s digital team, which goes by the name Team Kangana Ranaut on an unverified Twitter account, reacted to Deshmukh’s announcement, writing: “So Karan Johar’s manager is summoned but not @AUThackeray’s best friend @karanjohar!! @MumbaiPolice stop making a joke out of SSR murder investigations.”

A second tweet on the account reads: “How can @MumbaiPolice display blatantly shameless nepotism even in issuing summons? Kangana has been issued summon not her manager but Chief Minister’s son’s best friend’s manager is called for questioning, why? saheb ko pareshani na ho issliye (is it to ensure that sir is not inconvenienced)?”

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging at his residence on June 14. Post mortem report stated that the actor had committed suicide.


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Film-maker Mira Nair’s son Zohran Mamdani is set to be elected to the New York State Assembly after winning the Democratic Party primary in a city constituency that is its stronghold. In January, he and Jenifer Rajkumar, who has won another primary, will become the first persons of Indian origin in the Assembly. Mamdani’s rival, sitting Assembly member Aravella Simotas has conceded defeat to him in a tweet even though the Board of Elections, which has bungled the vote counting, is yet to officially announce the results even a month after the primary. After a futile wait for the board’s notification, Rajkumar announced her victory having achieved “the near impossible by winning with a margin of 27 percentage points during a global pandemic” over sitting member Michael Miller. In the US system, candidates have to first win the primaries, which are intra-party elections, to be nominated to run in the elections against candidates from other parties. The Democratic Party is so strong in the two constituencies in the Queens borough of the city dominated by immigrants and minorities that the party candidates won with over 99 per cent of the votes in the 2018 general elections. An Indian American candidate for the House of Representative, Suraj Patel, is trapped in the limbo of the state Board of Elections which is unable to formally complete the counting of absentee ballots for the primary and officially announce the results from the primary held on June 23. Mamdani, 28, is a rapper, who performs under the stage name of Mr Cardamom and has produced a rap video, “Nani” starring Madhur Jaffrey, the actor and cookbook author. Full report on our website. Link in bio. #miranair #zohranmamdani #indianamerican

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