A former RAW Officer NK Sood has alleged that Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was paid a sum of Rs 5 crore from a person with Pakistani ties to attend a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.
Sood has claimed the Bajirao Mastani star had received the hefty sum from businessman Aneel Mussarat, a businessman who is said to have close ties with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Sood has claimed further that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had already started investigating the matter. The former RAW officer has been vocal against the alleged nexus between Bollywood, Pakistan’s ISI, and the underworld of gangsters.
Sood says he is a “good friend” of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. He has invested in his cancer hospital and also funded his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Mussarat ostensibly hosts people from ISI and Pakistan Army when they visit London.
How Aneel Mussarat could have reached Deepika
Sood said his daughter got married in 2017 and the wedding was graced by top Bollywood celebrities like Ranveer Singh, Hrithik Roshan, Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Sunil Shetty and Karan Johar. Anil Kapoor reportedly knows Aneel Mussarat for 25 years and they have family relations too. Aneel had come for Sonam Kapoor’s marriage.
Sood says Aneel is involved in anti-India activities and he was the one who financed the Anti-CAA protests in London. Given the marriage of Deepika with Ranveer, reaching her wouldn’t have been a problem for Musarrat.
This happened at the start of the year 2020 during the promotions of Chhapaak. He has alleged that she got Rs five crore for the same and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is looking into the same.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), sources said, is likely to approach the Maharashtra government to seek a probe into the alleged ties between the film industry and Pakistan.
When JNSU president Aishe Ghosh and gang held the university campus to ransom, not letting students register in courses — leading to a clash of communist unions with the RSS-affiliated ABVP — Deepika Padukone visited the campus as a mark of solidarity with the communist students.
The rent-a-cause celebrity
The star’s visit came merely days before the release of her film Chhapaak, a biopic based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor. Sceptics alleged that her visit to the university in the lead up to the film’s release was a “publicity stunt” to woo her fans. Her supporters, on the other hand, claimed that Deepika had “every right” to stand in solidarity with the attacked JNU students.
But this was nothing new. Deepika had earlier appeared on television channels shedding copious tears for patients of depression. That was seen as a surrogate promotion for her then expected film Tamasha.
Deepika had also discovered suddenly she was a feminist before the release of her film Piku, the female protagonist of which had an undertone of feminism.
Deepika Padukone’s visit to the JNU had come in the midst of nationwide protests by the communist-Muslim combine against the CAA enacted in the parliament and the NRC kickstarted in Assam.