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Aqeel still detained by Dubai police

The celebrity disc jockey has not been formally charged by the police or granted bail.

world Updated: Jun 06, 2007 22:48 IST

Celebrity disc jockey Aqeel, held at the airport in Dubai on Sunday for allegedly possessing drugs, on Wednesday continued to be in the custody of police who are still investigating the matter.

Aqeel has not been formally charged by police or granted bail. His lawyer Ashish Mehta said he had been told by his client that 0.06 gram of ecstasy was found in his bag.

The authorities in Dubai airport handed Aqeel over to police after the banned drug was allegedly found in his possession on Sunday.

Mehta said tests conducted by police had found no traces of ecstasy in Aqeel's blood and urine samples.

The matter is still under investigation, he said.

Officials in the Indian consulate said they had not been contacted regarding the matter so far.

Lawyers familiar with laws in the United Arab Emirates said it could take a "few weeks" for an individual facing "drug charges" to be produced in court.

Aqeel was visiting Dubai to take part in a radio programme scheduled for June 3. His wife Farah Khan reached Dubai a day later.

Khan said her husband does not consume drugs. "Somebody must have planted" the contraband in his bag, she told reporters.

In June 2005, fashion designer Prasad Bidappa was held in Dubai on charges of possessing marijuana.

Indian officials said Bidappa, who spent over a month in custody, was freed on a mercy petition filed by his wife and released on the first day of his trial.

The same year, actor Vijay Raaz was freed by UAE authorities after being detained on charges of possessing drugs.

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