Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiya filed bail applications through lawyer Ayaz Khan shortly after being remanded in custody. The magistrate’s court will hear the bail applications on November 23.
Haarsh Limbachiyaa and Bharti Singh | Image from Twitter
Mumbai court remand comedian on remand on Sunday Bharti singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiya, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after seizing drugs from their home here, in police custody until December 4.
The court will hear their bail applications on Monday.
NCB arrested Singh on Saturday and her husband early Sunday morning after the seizure of ganja (cannabis) from their home in the suburb of Andheri.
The couple were presented to a lower court on Sunday afternoon.
“The court placed the two accused in judicial detention until December 4,” NCB prosecutor Atul Sarpande told PTI.
The couple applied for bail through lawyer Ayaz Khan shortly after being remanded in custody. The magistrate’s court will hear the bail applications on November 23.
The BCN requested custody of Limbachiyas for questioning, but did not request custody of Singh and told the court that she could be taken into judicial custody.
Khan argued that there is no question of custody because the allegedly recovered substance is less than the “small amount” prescribed by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).
The magistrate accepted the arguments and noted that interrogation in custody was not necessary and that the defendants had already been questioned for a considerable time on Saturday.
Singh and Limbachiyaa were listed under Articles 20 (b) (ii) (A) (concerns a small amount of drugs) and 8 (c) (possession of drugs) and 27 (use of drugs) of the NDPS Act.
“Under these articles, the sentence is six months to one year. This is not a case where the accused should be kept behind bars. I am surprised that the BCN takes such arrest action in the cases where the quantity (seizure) is less than the prescribed small quantity The mandate of the PNE is broader than that, Khan told PTI.
In their bail requests, Singh and Limbachiya asked to be released, saying they had no criminal history and therefore there was no question of their fleeing.
Asked about the NCB’s claim that Singh and Limbachiya agreed to use drugs, Khan said: Any statement alleged to have been made to the BCN or one of its officials is inadmissible under a recent judgment. by the Supreme Court.
Acting on a whistleblower, the NCB on Saturday conducted a search of Singh’s office and residence as part of its investigation into suspected drug use in the entertainment industry.
Up to 1000 g of ganja is considered a small quantity, resulting in a prison sentence of up to six months and / or a fine of Rs 10,000. Possession of a commercial quantity – 20 kg or more – can result in up to 20 years from prison. For the intermediate amount, the penalty can be up to 10 years in prison, an official said.
“Singh’s name came up during the interrogation of a drug dealer,” the official said.
She has appeared in a number of comedy and reality television shows and has hosted a few such shows as well.
The NCB investigated suspected drug use in Bollywood following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year based on WhatsApp discussions involving drugs.
The central agency had arrested Rajput’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, some employees of the deceased movie star and a few others under various sections of the law.
Rhea Chakraborty and a few other defendants were released on bail by the Bombay High Court in October. Showik’s request for bail was dismissed by the High Court.
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