The Mumbai police have asked the US for information on Nooriya Haveliwala’s history of drug abuse, if any, during her stay in that country.
They have asked for this to strengthen their investigation into her addiction.
Sources at LT Marg police station — which is now trying to identify the source who regularly supplied Haveliwala (27) her drugs — told Hindustan Times on Monday the request had been made to the US government through the Interpol wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after the state government granted the sanction to prosecute her for drug abuse.
The Kalina forensic laboratory had confirmed Haveliwala consumed a cocktail of morphine and cannabis (apart from alcohol) on the night when she rammed her SUV into six people, killing two.
Asked about the US response to the request, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Sanjay Mohite refused to comment.
Sources said the request to the US was due to the fact that Haveliwala studied up to class 12 in the US, where she lived with her parents, before graduating from a college in Kodaikanal after her parents moved to India.
Police suspect Haveliwala picked up the drug habit in school. They are also trying to trace her close college friends from Kodaikanal.
“This will help confirm her narcotics addiction and boost our case,” said an officer from the LT Marg police station, while requesting anonymity.
The Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Mumbai, has issued directions prohibiting Haveliwala from traveling beyond the limits of the collectorate of Mumbai – that means Haveliwala, now out on bail, cannot even travel to the suburbs, which are under the jurisdiction of the suburban collector.
L T Marg police sources said the FRRO’s direction was in response to a request made by the investigating officer, who suggested she could tamper with evidence if she traveled beyond the island city limits.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, SB II, Rajvardhan Sinha, who heads the FRRO, Mumbai, said: “The order was issued to help the present investigation,” he said.