Even six months after forensic reports of the people at the Khalapur rave party have been submitted, the guilty are yet to be brought to book. Of the 290 youngsters rounded up at the party on June 26, 2011, 251 persons had tested positive for drugs.
When asked about the progress of the case, RD Shinde, superintendent of police (Raigad) said, “Once the chargesheet is filed and the trial is complete, will their quantum of punishment will be known.”
When asked if the charge sheet has been filed, Shinde said, “I am not sure whether the chargesheet has been filed. The investigating officer is on leave and she has the relevant papers.”
While the police had arrested five organisers, one of them identified as Vicky Shah still remains elusive, confirmed Shinde.
Once a person has tested positive for drug abuse, the next step is to ascertain if the drug was meant for personal consumption or to peddle. In case of personal consumption, the person can be imprisoned for six months or let off if he volunteers to go into drug rehabilitation. The quantity of a substance that defines personal consumption differs from drug to drug.
However, if it is established that the drug was for any purpose other than personal consumption, the person can be imprisoned for a minimum of 10 years.
The Raigad police had busted the rave party at the Mount View Resort on the old Mumbai-Pune highway in Khalapur, on the night of June 26, 2011. Of the 290 youngsters, 60 were girls. Anil Jadhav, an inspector attached with the Anti Narcotics Cell of the Mumbai police, was also arrested in the case.