The special NDPS court in Mumbai on Wednesday granted bail to the alleged drug dealer Shashikala alias Baby Patankar who was arrested following the seizure of narcotic drug mephedrone from the cupboard of a Mumbai policeman.
"The court granted bail to Patankar," said her lawyer NN Gawankar.
Patankar is the seventh accused to have been released on bail in the alleged 112-kg drug bust case, involving police constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe.
Advocate Gawankar had argued before the court that no drugs had been seized from his client's possession and she was arrested on the basis of the statement of a co-accused, which is inadmissible as evidence.
"I also told the court that mephedrone was transported by her to a warehouse in 2014 when it was not a contraband (a banned substance)," Gawankar said.
Accepting the argument, special judge for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act cases UB Hejib granted bail.
The crime branch had objected to Patankar’s bail plea on grounds that she has been running a drug distribution racket for more than six years and has purchased more than 20 properties in and around Mumbai.
However, the chemical analysis of the drug seized from Kalokhe revealed the powder was neither Mephedrone nor any other banned substance. The agency has moved an application for re-sampling, which is pending for hearing.
Patankar was arrested in April this year following the arrest of constable Dharmaraj Kalokhe.
However, she will not walk out of the jail soon as there are two more cases pending against her, a crime branch official said.
Kalokhe, posted at Marine Drive police station in Mumbai, was arrested on March 9 after 110 kg of mephedrone, the market value of which runs into crores of rupees according to the police, was seized from his residence in a village in Satara district.
The next day, 12 kg of mephedrone was seized from Kalokhe's cupboard at Marine Drive police station. According to police, Kalokhe had links with Patankar for many years.
(With inputs from PTI)