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Sahil's questioning could reveal vital clues

Police have questioned around 15 people, including Harish Sharma, Pramod Mahajan's personal assistant.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 12:24 IST

Sahil Zarru, a key witness nabbed from Srinagar, would be interrogated in New Delhi on Sunday to gain vital clues about the alleged drinking binge that left Rahul Mahajan, son of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan, battling for life and the politician's close aide Bibek Moitra dead.

"We are bringing him to New Delhi and he should reach here forenoon," said an official investigating the case.

He said that police have questioned around 15 people, including Harish Sharma, Pramod Mahajan's personal assistant, and the questioning of Sahil would be crucial for the investigation.

Police said a team was sent to the capital's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, where Rahul Mahajan was admitted in the early hours of Friday, to speak to him but the questioning could not take place due to his condition and the team had to return.

A special team of Delhi Police went to Srinagar after Sahil, one of the four people said to be present at the party at Mahajan's residence, surfaced there Saturday.

The three others had surrendered on Friday.

Sahil, 21, landed in Srinagar after flying in from New Delhi, and said he had no role in Moitra's death or the party itself.

"There is no conspiracy. I myself have been a victim of it," Sahil told a stunned television audience. But he admitted that he had tasted "something" that was on the table at the house and soon lost consciousness.

Delhi Police were also carrying out searches across the capital to nab the man who had supplied narcotics to Sahil as reported by him.

"We are carrying raids and some drug peddlers have also been questioned," said an official.

"We have the phone number of the drug peddler and we are trying to trace him through that. Sahil was in contact with the peddler so he should be able to give us more details about him. We should get some answers from his questioning," the official said.

Dspite in his blood, Delhi Police registered a case of drug abuse and destruction of evidence against "unknown persons" Saturday evening.

The case has been registered under section 27 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

However, former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde and Rahul's uncle, asserted that the latter was never into drugs and that there had been an attempt to poison the late leader's son at the Thursday night party at Mahajan's 7, Safdarjung Road bungalow in the capital.

Three of the four people, Karan, Trishay and Rahul Malhotra, who were present at the drug-laced drinking bout Thursday night were interrogated by Delhi Police Saturday.

They also questioned Sahil's father Ghulam Mohammed, a New Delhi-based businessman.

According to the version given to police by the trio, Sahil bought cocaine for Rs.15,000 from a peddler in the posh area of Vasant Vihar in south Delhi.

Moitra, the youths said, provided the money.

"Bibek gave Sahil Rs 15,000 to get the cocaine. These three youths are completely innocent. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time," their advocate Ranvir Singh Kundu said.

First Published: Jun 04, 2006 12:24 IST