A special drug and tax administration court, here on Saturday, has again refused to release Siddharth Bethany, Susanth Singh Rajput’s flatmate, in a drug case linked to the death of a Bollywood actor in June 2020.
Bethany was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on May 28 this year from Hyderabad and is currently in judicial custody.
He was booked under Section 27(a) (financing of illicit traffic and harboring criminals) of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, among other charges.
Special Judge DB Manny denied his bail application.
Earlier, his bail request was denied in August even though the court granted him a temporary exemption from attending his marriage.
On Friday, Bethany filed for another bail application saying that Section 27A of the NDPS Act was wrongly applied and called for bail saying that only a small amount of (drugs) was confiscated.
Article 27a is related to the punishment of financing illegal traffic and harboring criminals.
Special Prosecutor Advit Sethna, who represented on behalf of the National Central Bank, argued that all of these reasons raised by Bethany had been considered earlier.
Sethna argued that Bethany had not challenged the previous bail order in the Supreme Court.
Because Section 27A was invoked and the court found its substance (in the NCB’s arguments), the DEA had 180 days to file a charge sheet, which also did not expire. He then said that his bail request was rejected.
The National Central Bank was investigating the drug corner after the death of Rajput, whose body was found hanging in his apartment, based on some WhatsApp conversations about the alleged supply of drugs to some Bollywood actors.
After the actor’s death, the National Commercial Bank launched an investigation into alleged drug links in the film industry based on WhatsApp conversations, and several people were arrested under the NDPS Act in this regard, most of whom are currently out on bail.
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