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Rave party accused to go abroad

The Bombay HC allows the Angelina Verghese (33) who was arrested from the alleged rave party at Sinhagad Fort in Pune district last month, to give two solvent sureties for RS 25,000 in order to take her passport back.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2007 22:19 IST
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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed the Angelina Verghese (33) who was arrested from the alleged rave party at Sinhagad Fort in Pune district last month, to give two solvent sureties for RS 25,000 in order to take her passport back.



Verghese had approached the Bombay High Court on April 12 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 public prosecutor V.B. Konde-Deshmukh, she was among the 287 accused whose medical reports for drug testing had come positive.



According to the Pune regional Forensic Science Laboratory, 248 youth out of 287 arrested from the party had consumed drugs.



Justice VK Tahilramani on Tuesday allowed her to give two sureties instead of one solvent surety of Rs 25,000.



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.