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Police question Rahul inside ICU

Mahajan Jr, suspected of drug use, was declared fit to give a statement today.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 17:03 IST

Rahul Mahajan, whose name is linked to a drug abuse case, was on Monday questioned by the police at the Apollo Hospital about his mystery ailment and the death of his aide Vivek Moitra.

Hospital sources said that Rahul was being questioned inside the Intensive Care Unit itself after doctors said he was fit to give a statement.

A team of police officials led by Ram Kishan, Station House Officer of the Mandir Marg Police Station began recording the statement at about 11 am.

Doctors reviewed Rahul's situation on Monday morning and found him fit to give a statement.

Police also see a surprise delay in reporting the death of Moitra and Mahajan's illness to them.

"There has been a definite delay from both sides to report the matter to the police. The hospital too was good two hours late in reporting," Additional DCP (New Delhi) Manish Aggarwal said.

Also, police would question Mahajan's doctors regarding the medical tests that they originally claimed had been negative for any "identifiable" drug, including cocaine.

Asked what action could be taken against Mahajan who is suspected of drug use, the Additional DCP maintained it would depend upon the evidence.

"We will strictly go as per the evidence. We have all along been impartial," he remarked.

Also, Aggarwal said police were in the process of obtaining the post-mortem report of Moitra from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL).

AIIMS, which conducted the autopsy, has sent the report to the CFSL.

The three suspected Nigerian drug peddlers, who were arrested on Sunday night, will be produced before the court later in the day. Aggarwal said police would request their custody for interrogation.

Police, he added, were continuing their interrogation of Sahil Zarru, who is in custody for allegedly obtaining drugs for Mahajan and Moitra.