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Nooria took drugs: report

Twenty-seven-year-old beautician Nooria Haveliwala was not just drunk but was also high on drugs when she knocked down three policemen and a motorcyclist at Marine Lines on January 30. A policeman and the motorcyclist were killed, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2010 01:30 IST

Twenty-seven-year-old beautician Nooria Haveliwala was not just drunk but was also high on drugs when she knocked down three policemen and a motorcyclist at Marine Lines on January 30. A policeman and the motorcyclist were killed.

Haveliwala will also be booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, police said.

On Wednesday, the LT Marg police received the Haveliwala’s blood reports from the forensic sciences laboratory. The reports said she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when the accident occurred.

R.K. Padmanabhan, additional commissioner of police (south region), said the alcohol level in Haveliwala’s blood stream was 169mg/100ml of blood while she tested positive for morphine and cannabis. “The report only states that Haveliwala had consumed morphine and cannabis but the quantity in her blood has not been specified,” he said.

“We will now initiate proceedings on Haveliwala under the section 27 of the NDPS Act [consumption of drugs], which is a bailable offence,” he added.

Sunil Paraskar, deputy commissioner of police (Anti Narcotics Cell) said there is no different provision under the Indian Penal Code for drug consumption so the charge that Haveliwala would be booked for would be Section 27 of the NDPS act and this will not affect the accident case.

Padmanabhan said Haveliwala has been charged for rash driving causing death and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is just the cause of rash driving. “The only defence she could have used is that the vehicle was faulty but we have reports that say the vehicle Haveliwala was driving was in perfect condition,” said Padmanabhan.

Haveliwala’s breathalyser test that showed the alcohol level as 457mg/100ml of blood while her blood test reports said the level was 169mg/100ml of her blood. Padmanabhan said that results of breathalyser and blood tests cannot be compared.