Innocent or too smart for the law is the question that the Chandigarh police are facing. Arrested late last night on the allegations of drug peddling, Khushi Malhotra on Monday claimed false implication in the racket.
Narrating the sequence of events, this sector 32 resident said she didn't know that a visit to a discotheque was the beginning of an ordeal. Claiming innocence, Khushi said Sunita Rajan, who stayed as her paying guest, asked her if she was interested in visiting a discotheque in sector 17 and she accepted. She claimed that when they reached sector 17, a person handed over a pouch to Sunita for delivery to one Abhilaksh.
Worried about being defamed in the entire episode, Khushi asserted that she had gone to the discotheque for the first time on the insistence of Sunita. This claim of hers was, however, outrightly rejected by the police. The police claimed that Sunita was in the business of supplying opium and was a regular visitor to the discotheques across the city.
However, police said neither of them have a previous criminal record. Khushi's husband Rakesh Malhotra, whom HT met at the sector 17 police station, feigned complete ignorance about the entire episode. Managing a scrap shop in Phillaur near Ludhiana, Rakesh said: "I could have never imagined that my wife could land in such a mess. We have been married for three years and Khushi has been staying in her parental house in sector 32." Rakesh stays with his family in Phillaur.
The Chandigarh police had arrested two women with 650 milligrams of smack outside a sector 17 club and lounge bar on Sunday. The police are yet to verify whether Abhilaksh, the boy in question is a son of a UT cop or not, as alleged.
Khushi claimed Abhilkash was given the packet and he gave Rs 2,500 to Sunita. Tears rolling down her face, Khushi said as Sunita was wearing a dress, she handed over the money to her. The police have failed to find out the source from where the drug was procured and are on the lookout for the youth who initially gave the drug to Sunita.
On the contrary, confidence-exuding Sunita said: "I never knew what the boy gave me to hand over to Abhilaksh." Sunita asserted Abhilaksh's entry was banned to the sector 17 discotheque, as he had entered into a brawl there last week.
Meanwhile, the local court sent the two accused in judicial remand for 14 days.