Delhi Police arrest Rahul Mahajan under NDPS Act

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india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 23:58 IST

Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son Rahul was arrested on Monday evening for alleged consumption of drugs and destruction of evidence, three days after he was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in a critical condition and his father's key aide Vivek Moitra brought dead there.

31-year-old Rahul was placed under arrest at the Hospital after nearly four hours of sustained interrogation that followed doctors' declaring him fit to give statement to the police.

He has been booked under various sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Pshycotropic Substances (NDPS) Act including consumption of drugs and use of residence for the purpose.

If found guilty, he can face a jail term upto one year and fine of Rs 20,000 or both.

"We have arrested him on the basis of totality of evidence. We have sufficient evidence against him," Additional DCP Manish Agarwal told reporters outside the hospital.

"We have enough witnesses and statement to prove that he took drugs on Thursday night," he said adding that police want to take him in custody as soon as possible for further interrogation.

Agarwal said they were seeking the opinion of doctors to have him discharged.

Police earlier arrested Sahil Zaroo, who allegedly bought drugs for Rahul and Moitra, and three Nigerians drug peddlers on charges of supplying drugs.

If convicted of the charges, Rahul could face jail term up to one year.

"He (Rahul) has said a lot of things. He spoke well and was cooperative. But sharing the things with you would not be proper," Agarwal said when asked about the details of interrogation by senior police officials during the day.

Investigators also questioned six Apollo doctors, including Medical Director Anupam Sibal, at the Tughlaq Road police station to "piece together the sequence of events which took place after his admission to the hospital."

In a bid to find out what transpired at 7, Safdarjung during the small party on the fateful night of June one, police also interrogated Harish Sharma, a key aide of Pramod Mahajan.

They confronted Sahil with three other persons -- Karan Ahuja, Trishay Khanna and Rahul Malhotra -- who were also present during the small gathering, to colloborate the statements given by them.

In another significant development, the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) said the white powder pouch handed over to them by the police for testing contained heroin.

"The 1 inch by 1.5 inch red pouch handed over on June 2 contains heroin," a CFSL communique to the Delhi Police said here. The pouch was one of the five things handed over by the police to CFSL for examination.

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 02:13 IST