Drug peddling case: Actor moves court against medical exam during questioning
In her petition to the high court, she requested that she be allowed to bring her lawyers during the interrogation.india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 20:51 IST
Actor Charmme Kaur, who is to be questioned for her alleged links with drug peddlers, has moved the Hyderabad high court on Monday seeking protection from the alleged coercive interrogation methods adopted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Charmme, who has acted in nearly 50 films including the popular Hindi film Budda Hoga Tera Baap with Amitabh Bachchan, was supposed to attend the SIT questioning on Wednesday.
In her petition to the high court, she requested that she be allowed to bring her lawyers during the interrogation.
She also wanted that the questioning be done in the presence of women officials and that she be exempt from undergoing medical examination, including collection of her blood samples, hair and nails by authorities.
She submitted to the court that she came to know that during questioning, the SIT has subjected the summoned persons to scandalous questions, coercion and threat.
The actor said under Article 20(3) of the Constitution of India, the authorities cannot compel her to subject to both physical and psychological examinations, such as collection of blood, hair and nail samples by way of coercion.
Terming the ongoing media tirade against her as malicious, malafide and false propaganda, she said she has been victimised, and her reputation damaged by unnecessarily connecting her with issues unconnected to her.
For the last five days, the SIT of the Telangana excise and prohibition enforcement department have been questioning Tollywood actors and other film personalities, who are believed to have purchased cocaine and other narcotics from drug peddlers arrested in the first week of July. The SIT served notices on 12 film personalities.
The authorities questioned popular director Puri Jagannath, actor Subba Raju, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu and actor Tarun last week.
On Monday, they questioned another popular hero Navdeep and summoned art director Chinna on Tuesday.
The SIT authorities stumbled upon the names of these film stars while interrogating two drug peddlers who were arrested on July 2.
The accused, Calvin Mascarenhas (28) and Brendon Ben (20), who are suspected to be the kingpins of the drug racket, reportedly confessed to SIT that they were regularly supplying drugs to these film stars. The cops seized contraband worth Rs 22 lakh from them.
First Published: Jul 24, 2017 19:44 IST