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Rahul case: Eight-day remand for Sahil Zarru

Sahil was taken to Patiala House Court for production before a magistrate. He has been remanded to 8-day police custody.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 19:04 IST

A local court on Sunday sent Kashmiri youth Sahil Zarru, who was arrested for allegedly procuring drugs for slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son Rahul Mahajan, to eight-day police remand till June 12.

Though the police sought 10 days custody for interrogation of the 21-year-old, Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Kumar granted only eight days' remand.

Aggarwal said though the hospital authorities have been telling the media that Rahul was conscious and talking comfortably, when the police approached them they declared the patient 'unfit' to give any statement.

Asked if police will file a case against Rahul, the Additional DCP said, "Unless we are able to question him, we will not be able to ascertain what transpired" at the party at Mahajan's residence.

He said the interrogation of persons detained by police in connection with the supply of drugs was also on.

So far, only one person (Sahil) has been arrested in this case, he said.

Asked about the reports of overdose of drugs, which led to Moitra's death, Aggarwal said, "We are not aware of any such thing. From the reports we have received, the cause of death is unclear."

"The cause of his death will be clear only when the viscera report comes," he said.

Sahil Zarru quizzed for 4 hours

Sahil Zarru, who allegedly procured drugs for Rahul Mahajan at a late night party on Thursday, was on Sunday interrogated for nearly4 hours by police in connection with the mysterious ailment of the slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son and the death of his aide Vivek Moitra.

Sahil, who was present at the 7, Safdarjung Road residence of Pramod Mahajan along with three others, was quizzed by a team of Special Cell sleuths and Delhi police at the Chanakyapuri Police Station after he was brought to New Delhi from Srinagar.

After his interrogation, Sahil was taken to Patiala House Court for production before a magistrate.

Sahil was arrested by a team of Delhi Police officials in Srinagar for allegedly procuring drugs for the party at Mahajan's residence.

He was arrested after his dramatic appearance at a television studio where he gave his side of the story of the ill-fated Thursday night party.

He said he had tasted some white powder at the residence of Mahajan but claimed he did not know what it was.

He had described himself as a victim of an 'accident' which happened during his meeting with Rahul and Moitra, whom he claimed he knew.

Sahil termed as 'wrong and false' reports that he had supplied drugs to Moitra, secretary of late Pramod Mahajan, and Rahul. The 21-year-old Kashmiri youth claimed Moitra's death was result of an accident.

Police have registered a case against unknown persons for consumption of drugs under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and for destruction of evidence.

First Published: Jun 04, 2006 18:53 IST