Drug dealer Shashikala Patankar was granted bail in the second drug-related case against her by the Bombay high court on Wednesday.
A single bench of justice Abhay Thipsay granted bail to Patankar, who was lodged at the Byculla prison, in the case registered in a police station in Satara district.
According to the police, head constable of Marine Drive police station Dharmaraj Kalokhe was booked after the Satara crime branch recovered 112kg of banned drug Mephedrone from his residence. During interrogation, it was revealed the drugs were provided by Patankar, whom he was allegedly in a relationship with. On July 15, the NDPS court also granted Patankar bail in the alleged drug bust case also involving Kalokhe.
The chemical analyst report by the Forensic Science Laboratory, Pune for the said drug tested negative for Mephedrone. The court had allowed the agency to re-sample and re-examine the drug from the lab in Hyderabad. While the agency was waiting for the report, Patankar had moved bail at the Satara sessions court, which was rejected. She then moved the Bombay high court. Advocate NN Gavankar, who appeared for Patankar, told the court she was not found in possession of any banned drugs.
“It was alleged in all remand applications that the incident took place in 2014, whereas, Patankar and her son had stored the said consignment at her residence in Lonavala before shifting it to Kalokhe’s house. But when the contraband was accepted by them, Mephedrone was not denoted as a narcotic drug under the NDPS Act,” Gavankar said.
The court granted Patankar bail on Rs 30,000 surety.