Mumbai LSD case: Court says no to sample retest, grants bail to 5 college students
Mumbai city news: They were sent for chemical analysis and the agency received the report last month. According to it, only 660 strips tested positive for LSD. The report revealed that the total quantity of LSD in all the strips was of 0.5167 grams.mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2017 00:40 IST
The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) received a setback on Friday as the special court for narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS) Act rejected their plea to retest drugs seized from Kandivli students in April.
The cell had approached the court on Tuesday after more than half of the samples tested negative for drugs.
On April 28, the agency had arrested five college students with LSD drug worth Rs70 lakh. According to the police, 1,400 strips of LSD were found on them, each of which costs Rs5,000.
They were sent for chemical analysis and the agency received the report last month. According to it, only 660 strips tested positive for LSD. The report revealed that the total quantity of LSD in all the strips was of 0.5167 grams.
On Wednesday, the ANC moved a plea to retest the strips at a forensic lab in Hyderabad. The court on Friday rejected the plea.
Further the court granted bail to all the five students arrested in the case as the agency has failed to file a charge sheet against them within the stipulated period of 60 days.
Acting on a tip off, ANC officials laid a trap and arrested five college students near Infinity Mall in Malad (West). The five accused were Arbaaz Taj Mohammad Khan (20); Khan’s cousin Farhan Ali Khan (26); Admay Modi (22), Chirag Jain, (24); Laxman alias Nikhil Rajan (24).
The agency claimed that Arbaaz had hired the rest and used to give them Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 to sell the strips. They were on their way to sell them when they were caught. They targeted college students at pubs, discos and rave parties.