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Juhu revellers might go to jail for drinking without permits

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2012 01:07 IST
HT Correspondent

Many of the 91 revellers who were rounded up at the sundown party in Juhu on Sunday night might spend up to six months in jail or at least pay a Rs 10,000 fine for drinking without valid permits.

On Tuesday, the police revealed that most people at the party were drinking alcohol without a permit and are likely to be booked under the Bombay Prohibition Act.

The police raided a sundown party at Oakwood Premier Hotel and detained 53 men and 38 women including IPL players Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell from the Pune Warriors team, TV actors Shilpa and Apurva Agnihotri and Bollywood designer Rocky S. The police found 110gms of cocaine and 64gms of charas at the party. Revellers were let off on Monday morning after they gave their blood and urine samples.

Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police, zone 9, pointed out that after the patrons were escorted to various hospitals for sample collection, their liquor permits and identity proofs were checked. Most of them were not carrying valid alcohol permits.

“Preliminary reports have revealed that most of the patrons smelled of alcohol. We will confirm these reports with their blood tests and all those who have had alcohol without permits will be booked under relevant sections of the Bombay Prohibition Act,” said Dighavkar. The punishment can be a fine of Rs 10,000 or up to six months of imprisonment.

The police, on Tuesday, also recorded statements of three persons, including two DJs of Designer Hippies, an event management company, who were playing at the party; and Neha Berry, who was present at the party. The two DJs, Dipesh Chandra Sharma and Rakesh Sharma, were also questioned on Monday night.

“We are focusing on three things - where the drugs were procured from, if there were any additional hosts of the party and if more such parties were organised at Oakwood,” said Dighavkar. He added that Vishay Handa, director of the hotel who was arrested by the Juhu police, had made a list of invitees for the party that included over a 100 people. The police suspect that two women mediators were responsible for the presence of a few elite guests, including the two IPL players, at the party. The police is verifying the identity and visa details of the 19 foreign nationals at the party.