Filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh claims 15 people in Kannada films involved in drug commerce, Sudeep distances himself from row – regional movies

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Filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh on Tuesday claimed that no less than 15 people in the Kannada movie industry were involved in drug trafficking. He made the claim a day after deposing before the police to share the information approximately the alleged drug racket operating in the movie industry.

“I have provided (names of) around 15 people whom I realize are into drug commerce. I shared those names with the police,” Lankesh told PTI.

Lankesh used to be questioned for almost five hours by the Central Crime Department on Monday for his commentary that there have been many of us in the movie industry who were into the drug commerce either as consumers or sellers. The filmmaker made the commentary in the wake of the Narcotics Regulate Bureau busting a drug trafficking racket here and said some “prominent musicians and actors” in Karnataka were under its scanner.

The filmmaker said he wanted to expose the drug use in the industry. “There are celebrities, when they start smoking and start doing cocaine, they’re the brand ambassadors of youth today. These people think it is cool..,” he added.

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Lankesh said he suspected that one of the vital parties organised in the ‘Sandalwood’ were hosted by drug mafias inside the industry. Lankesh did not rule out the potential of the Mumbai underworld in the back of the provide of drugs to a section of people in the Kannada movie industry.

Meantime, the police said they were probing the matter.

Famous Kannada movie star Sudeep on Tuesday said he used to be not aware of the industry being in the grip of drug menace and appealed against its portrayal in negative light based on lonely incidents. “I will be able to only say what I realize. I am from the movie industry. I in point of fact don’t realize anything approximately it..,” he said.

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