The metropolitan magistrate court in Mumbai on Saturday remanded actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik and the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda in the custody of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) till September 9.
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Mr. Chakraborty is charged with Sections 8 (c) – produce, manufacture, possess, sell and purchase; 20 – punishment for contravention in relation cannabis plant and cannabis; 27 (a) – punishment for financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders; 28 – punishment for attempts to commit offences; 29 punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy, of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
On August 28, an NCB team apprehended Abbas Lakhani, 21, with 46 gm of marijuana. In a statement, he said he purchased the drug from one Karen Arora. Arora was taken into custody and 13 gm of marijuana was recovered from him. Based on their disclosure, the premises of one Zaid Vilantra was searched and ₹9,55,750, $2081, 180 UK pounds and 15 UAE dirhams were recovered on September 1.
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Supplied to many
Mr. Vilantra’s statement was recorded by the NCB, where he stated that the seized money was the sales proceeds of contraband and he had supplied marijuana to many persons and disclosed a few names with details. He disclosed the name of one Abel Parihar and the latter said he bought and sold marijuana and that he used to procure drugs from Mr. Vilantra and one Kaizan Ebrahim as per instructions from Mr. Chakraborty.
The NCB’s remand application said, “There are instances where Mr. Parihar has facilitated drugs and has been in contact with Mr. Miranda and Mr. Chakraborty. He is an active member of the drug syndicate connected with high-profile personalities and drug suppliers. He used to pay and receive money via credit cards, cash and payment gateways”.
Mr. Parihar disclosed the name of Mr. Ebrahim as a supplier of the charas/hashish and the NCB recovered 0.5 gm of dark brown coloured substance purported to be hashish/charas.
Based on the disclosure of Mr. Parihar, the NCB summoned Mr. Chakraborty and it sought his and Mr. Miranda’s custody for seven days.
The magistrate court remanded Mr. Ebrahim in judicial custody for 14 days but he was granted bail soon thereafter by the sessions court.