A special NDPS court on Friday granted bail to Vishay Handa, director of Oakwood Premier hotel at Juhu, who was arrested under various sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for organising a sundown party in the hotel.
Handa was granted conditional bail on surety of Rs 5 lakh. The court has asked him to deposit his passport with the police and visit the police station every month.
Handa was arrested by the Juhu police on May 20, after the police busted the sundown party at his hotel the previous night. A total of 96 persons who attended the party, including 19 foreign nationals and two IPL players, were sent for blood and urine tests following suspicion that narcotic drugs were circulated and consumed at the party.
The police claimed to have seized approximately 110 gram of cocaine along with MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, and charas from the venue. The drugs were found on the floor, sofa sets and furniture in the hotel, they said.
The police alleged that Handa, who is a director of the hotel, had arranged the party. They said he had sent invites through a social networking site.
After the arrest, however, Handa moved a bail plea on grounds that drugs were not found from his possession and were lying on the floor. He alleged that it could have been the work of one of the guests and he could not be held liable for mischief played by someone else.
However, objecting to the bail plea, the prosecution argued that the contraband found at the venue was of commercial quantity and the offence was very serious.
The court, however, came to the conclusion that Handa could be granted bail since the medical reports were yet to be received, and the investigation was at a very initial stage.