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'Youth in Mahajan case used cocaine regularly'

Trishay Chopra, who runs a travel agency, was caught by Delhi Police last year on charges of buying cocaine.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 20:31 IST

A day after three youths, who were partying with Rahul Mahajan at his residence, surrendered to the police, investigators now say that one of them was a regular cocaine user.

Trishay Chopra, who runs a travel agency, was caught by Delhi Police last year on charges of buying cocaine.

"We are aware of his involvement in the past and are trying to get details of the case," said a senior official investigating the incident.

He added that last year, they had arrested some Kashmiri men in the capital along with cocaine who had named Trishay as one of their clients during questioning.

"These men were cocaine suppliers and had a long list of clients in the capital," police sources said.

Police said the drug peddlers used to smuggle cocaine from Jammu and Kashmir and often visited Delhi to meet their clients.

No action was taken against Trishay as they had not found any cocaine on him.

"Investigations are on and we can take action against him if necessary," officials said.

Misfortune struck the family of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan on Friday a month after his tragic death, with his son Rahul admitted to hospital and his close aide Vivek Moitra dead after what police suspect was a drug-laced drinking bout.

Sources said the three men at the party -- Trishay Chopra, Karan Ahuja, who has an electronic goods business and Rahul Malhotra, a software engineer in a multinational company -- were often warned by the police for drunken driving. The trio stay in the posh Greater Kailash colony in south Delhi.

"We had warned them for their drunken driving acts," an official said.

"No case was registered against them for their actions but we had warned them. They have a fascination for fast cars, women and alcohol. Our patrolling team often caught them around late night in drunken states and gave warnings."

According to the confessions made by the three men they had met Rahul Mahajan and Vivek Moitra on Thursday night and had stayed with them till 3 am when both of them were rushed to hospital.

First Published: Jun 03, 2006 20:31 IST