Bollywood actress Ananya Panday, whom the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is questioning for her online chats with Aryan Khan, had apparently agreed to arrange ganja (cannabis) for him. The agency has recovered chat messages of a conversation between Ananya Panday and Aryan Khan in which the two were discussing procuring ganja.
NCB sources said, “At one point in the conversation between Aryan Khan and Ananya Pandey, Aryan was talking to Ananya about ganja. Aryan was asking if there could be some jugaad to arrange the weed.”
To this, Ananya Panday replied, “I will arrange”.
When NCB showed this chat to Ananya Panday on 21 October during the questioning, she replied, “I was just joking.” NCB had received a chat conversation between Aryan Khan and Ananya Panday regarding drugs, after which Ananya was summoned by the NCB.
A team of NCB officials reached Ananya and Chunky Panday’s residence in Mumbai on 21 October and she was summoned for questioning. The probe went on for about 2 h in the evening. Ananya Panday has been called for questioning again on 22 October.
According to NCB, no such evidence has been found so far that says Ananya Panday had ever arranged any drugs for Aryan Khan. Apart from this, there have been many conversations between Aryan and Ananya regarding drugs and contraband.
During the first round of interrogation on 21 October, Ananya Panday had reached the NCB office with her father, Chunky Panday. Before entering the interrogation room, Ananya was very nervous and had cried in front of her Chunky Panday.
When Ananya Pandey reached the NCB office along with father Chunky Panday on 21 October, he was asked to sit outside. Investigating officer VV Singh, NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede and a female officer were present at the questioning.
Ananya Pandey told the NCB that she had studied with Aryan Khan at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Aryan Khan’s sister Suhana is a very close friend of Ananya. She said that they are all family friends.
Apart from the shooting schedule, they all meet up and hang out together, Ananya told the NCB officers. Whenever they get time, they get together.
Ananya said that the NCB officials that she had never consumed drugs, or supplied anyone. Asked about the chats with Aryan Khan, she said she hardly remembers as the conversations are old.
When NCB officials asked about the chats on drugs, Ananya Pandey said it was about cigarettes and not weed. She told the NCB officials that she doesn’t know if weed is also a drug. The chat was about cigarettes and not drugs, she said.
Ananya Panday has worked in many Hindi films. Ananya Panday made her Bollywood debut in the 2019 film Student of the Year 2.