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Mahajan?s plea for clubbing drug cases rejected

Court rejects the contention of Rahul?s counsel that a person cannot be tried at two different places for the same offence, reports Naziya Alvi.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 02:48 IST

A city court on Thursday dismissed the plea of late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son Rahul Mahajan, who faces trial in a drug abuse case, seeking the clubbing of separate case registered against the doctors and management of Apollo Hospitals for destroying evidence.

Additional Sessions Judge SN Gupta rejected the contention of Rahul’s counsel Ramesh Gupta that a person cannot be tried at two different places for the same offence.

Meanwhile, the Harish Sharma, a close aide of Pramod Mahajan who has been accused of destroying evidence in the case, contended no case was made out against him, as he was not aware of the commission of the alleged offence.

Opposing the framing of charges, Gupta contended that when the servants at Mahajan's 7, Safdarjung Road residence were asked to clean the vomit on the floor he was not aware that any offence was committed. "Sharma had only asked the servant to remove the bottles and glasses from the table and to clean the floor," the counsel said adding "it was expected of any reasonable person and as such it did not constitute offence of destruction of evidence", he said.

Arguments in the case would resume on December 18.

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First Published: Dec 15, 2006 02:48 IST