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Rahul has confessed to drug consumption: Police

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india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 19:53 IST

Rahul Mahajan was on Tuesday sent in police remand for two days after Delhi Police informed a city court that he had confessed to consuming drugs during a bash late on Thursday night.

"In his statement, Rahul has confessed to consuming drugs and we suspect that more drugs could be recovered from him after further interrogation," Manish Aggarwal, additional deputy commissioner of police said.

"We also need to get some more information to piece together the sequence of events that took place on Thursday night," Aggarwal added.

The alleged drinks and drugs party, at the 7, Safdarjung Road bungalow allotted to the slain BJP leader, led to the death of Bibek Moitra, Pramod Mahajan's aide, and Rahul being rushed to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.

After Rahul was discharged from the hospital, he was first taken to the Tughlak Road Police Station, near his father's official residence in the capital's high-security zone.

He was then taken to the Patiala House court amid heavy security, before being brought back to the police station for further interrogation.

Aggarwal said police had enough evidence to prove that Rahul, Moitra, and Sahil Zarru, a friend of Moitra who was present at the party, had consumed drugs.

"We had sought police custody for five days but the court has given us only two days," Aggarwal said.

"Rahul will be questioned intensively over the next two days. Police would confront Rahul by bringing him face to face with others involved in the case to verify his statements," said the official.

Rahul is charged under Sections 21, 25, 27 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

If proven guilty, the accused can be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in jail and a penalty of Rs 200,000 ($4,400).

Meanwhile, a police investigation team also questioned Harish Sharma, Pramod Mahajan's personal secretary, for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday.

Sharma had rushed Rahul and Moitra to the hospital on the fateful night.

Some doctors at the hospital were also being questioned, police said.

The investigating officials suspect a deliberate attempt on the part of the hospital to delay investigations.

The Apollo Hospital had earlier given Rahul a clean chit, denying any presence of drugs in Rahul's urine samples before the report was contradicted by a pathological lab that found traces of narcotics in his blood and urine samples.

After being arrested Monday night at the hospital, Rahul was kept under security in a "private special ward" there.

"A team of seven policemen, including an ASI (assistant sub inspector), inspector, head constable and four constables were in his room," a police official said.

Rahul's mother Rekha Mahajan and sister Poonam were there beside him.

Pramod Mahajan's brother-in-law and former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde was also with him till midnight on Monday, police said.