MUMBAI: NCB has “almost” given a clean chit to actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, and Shraddha Kapoor, and Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash, said officials on Tuesday.


Padukone and Prakash on Saturday reportedly told NCB officials that in 2017 WhatsApp chats, that they had used the words maal, weed, hash, and doob as code names for various types of cigarettes “for fun”. the 2 said they mentioned low-quality cigarettes as maal, slim and better quality ones as hash and weed, and thick ones as doob. NCB officials asked Padukone and Prakash a similar set of questions in separate rooms. “We were satisfied as both corroborated the codes,” said an official. NCB was questioning the duo over their 2017 WhatsApp chats where that they had discussed certain code words and it had been assumed they were discussing drugs.

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