Another Mahajan on way to jail
ENDING DAYS of speculation and allegations that they were going slow on the high-profile case, the police arrested Rahul Mahajan on Monday under the NDPS Act. After questioning Rahul in the ICU of Apollo Hospital, he was arrested around 8 p.m.Updated: Jun 06, 2006 14:45 IST
ENDING DAYS of speculation and allegations that they were going slow on the high-profile case, the police arrested Rahul Mahajan on Monday under the NDPS Act. After questioning Rahul in the ICU of Apollo Hospital, he was arrested around 8 p.m.
Rahul has been booked under sections 21, 25, 27 (illegal possession in small quantity of any narcotic drug for personal consumption) and 29 (abetment and criminal conspiracy) of the NDPS Act, and sections 201 (destruction of evidence) and 34 of IPC.
Manish Aggarwal, additional DCP (New Delhi), said these were non-bailable sections. "The arrest was made on the basis of evidence and statements by persons questioned so far," he said. "They have said Rahul did drugs on Thursday.''
Policemen were placed outside the private ward of Apollo where Rahul had since been shifted. The police also asked the doctors if he could be discharged and taken in custody. If he is not in a condition to be taken to a court, a magistrate will be brought to the hospital.
The police are also consulting doctors on the possibility of shifting Rahul to a government hospital. Rahul's lawyer Sunil Mittal alleged that the police at first registered the case only under two sections but then other sections were added. “There is no substantive evidence to support the case against Rahul and it is a conspiracy as indicated by contradictory reports,” said Mittal.
After Rahul’s arrest, the police’s focus shifted to Apollo Hospital, Pramod Mahajan’s aide Harish Sharma and the servants employed in the house. Sharma, according to the FIR, had ordered the servants to clean the spot and could be booked under destruction of evidence.
Earlier in the day, police arrested three Nigerian drug peddlers, Abdullah, David and Toibu James. While Abdullah had reportedly supplied the contraband to Sahil Zarru, David and James are Abdullah’s suppliers. Police said that Sahil could be part of gang of Nigerian drug peddlers operating in many states.
First Published: Jun 06, 2006 14:45 IST