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"I lost everything because of you. You have ruined my life. Why haven't you kept to what we planned, I wouldn't have been in any of this mess. Because of you, I... I lost my job! My home! I could go to PRISON because you couldn't stick to what we agreed!"
~ Hari blaming Louise for ruining his life before she gets him arrested for trying to kill her.

Hari Prasad is a fictional character of the British soap opera Emmerdale. He started out as a supporting character in 2005-2006 before becoming a major antagonist in 2007.

He was portrayed by John Nayagam.

History

Hari Prasad first appeared in the Dales when he reunited with his old friend Paddy Kirk, as they had been originally acquainted in university together until a business disagreement between the pair left them unable to keep in touch. They soon resolved the situation, particularly as Paddy was having some issues at work ever since a flock of sheep owned by farmers Sandra and Craig Briggs had passed away - thus causing the practice to have less customers and see the business on the brink of financial collapse. Promising to bring in new business and recover old clients too, Hari convinced Paddy to let him become his new business partner. Reluctantly, Paddy agreed and the two men started building the business back up.

By 2006, Hari caught the eyes of women all over the village. Toni Daggert was particularly impressed and started flirting but Hari wasn’t interested as he had a life elsewhere and didn't want any romantic entanglements in the village. When he realized that Paddy had fallen for feisty Toni, Hari offered to help him get the girl and tried to pave the way for Paddy by quizzing Toni but succeeded in enchanting the keen barmaid further. With Hari around, Toni didn’t look twice at Paddy and it looked like he’d inadvertently messed everything up. He was also getting into arguments at the surgery with Jo. Appalled by her unsuitable work attire and her attitude, Hari tried taking Jo to task – but just made matters worse. However, there was more trouble on the way in the form of Perdita Hyde-Sinclair. After much flirtation between them, Hari thought he’d finally seduced her when she invited him to spend a quiet afternoon with her but soon realized that she was trying to make her husband, Grayson Sinclair, jealous. Grayson might be unfaithful, but Perdy couldn't be. Although disappointed, Hari was kind to Perdy and the pair had a special bond. He also developed a business relationship with Grayson, looking after the alpacas at Sinclair's family home, Oakwell Hall. They had planned to buy a racehorse together too but that fell through so Hari bought the horse alone, using money from the vets' practice to make up Grayson's share. However, the horse had to be put down on its first time out, causing Hari problems as the money had to be replaced.

Soon enough, Grayson's mother Rosemary King gave Hari the money in exchange for a favor; Hari was to help Rosemary implicate her stepson Matthew King, along with his two brothers Jimmy King and Carl King, for the murder of their father Tom King on Christmas Night 2006. Hari complied and told the police he had heard the King brothers discussing how they had murdered Tom and get someone to back him up. He persuaded Matthew's old girlfriend, Louise Appleton, to help incriminate the King Brothers for Rosemary; she agreed at first but later found that he was lying.

On 17 May 2007, he kidnapped the King Brothers' young sister Scarlett Nicholls to the point where he ended up hospitalizing Louise after running her off the road. She had been on her way to the police station to change her statement about the King brothers murdering their father. However, Louise recovered and informed the police about Hari's actions. He was taken in for questioning and the police realize that Hari had been lying all along, thus causing the case against the King Brothers to collapse - even though it was later revealed to Matthew and Jimmy that Carl had killed their father. After being charged with dangerous driving and released on bail to appear in court within a week, Hari confronted Louise in hospital and blamed her for ruining his life. Louise responds by calling him a loser and discloses the fact that he uses people. This provokes Hari to attack Louise, who calls for help and some nurses are called to restrain him. Hari tries to escape, but is tacked to the ground and arrested by the police; he would be remanded in custody for trying to kill Louse.

It soon emerges according to the police and Paddy's old friend Rita that Hari had been committing fraud when the authorities discovered evidence of financial irregularity. On 5 July 2007, Paddy visited Hari on remand and sought to buy him out of the vets. Two weeks later, Matthew visited Hari and blackmailed him into raising his asking price. Hari eventually sold his share of the vet's practice to Rosemary, whose interest would end up getting passed to Grayson after her death in Christmas 2007. Since then, Hari is likely still in prison and hasn't been heard off from the village again.

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