Rave party accused seeks discharge of surety
An Indian origin, Verghese was arrested on March 4 along with 287 persons for allegedly being a part of drug racket.india Updated: Apr 12, 2007 21:18 IST
Angelina Verghese (33) who was arrested from the alleged rave party at Sinhagad Fort in Pune district last month, has approached the Bombay High Court on Thursday seeking discharge on payment of sureties ordered by a Pune court for allowing her to travel abroad.
An Indian origin and having settled in Dubai, Verghese works as an airhostess with the Emirates Air-Lines since 1995. She was arrested on March 4 along with 287 persons for allegedly being a part of the drug racket.
According to the Pune regional Forensic Science Laboratory, 248 youth out of 287 arrested from the party had consumed drugs.
Justice VK Tahilramani adjourned the hearing to April 16.
According to Verghese, she had come to Mumbai on March 1 for a holiday and was residing with her sister at Lokhandwala in suburban Andheri. She had gone for a ‘Holi party’ to Pune and was arrested from the rave party for charges under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. On March 6, she was later released by a Pune court on a surety of Rs 25,000.
Verghese then filed an application before the Pune court seeking release of her passport from the police to travel abroad. The court granted permission against a surety of Rs one lakh and Rs 25,000. She has approached the HC for discharge of this additional surety.
Public prosecutor VB Konde-Deshmukh sought time from the court to verify the extent of Verghese' involvement in the matter and take instructions from the concerned police official.