Comedian Bharti Singh, husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa granted bail in drug case
Comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa, who were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following the recovery of ganja (cannabis) from their residence and office in Andheri in Maharashtra, have been granted bail in the drug case by the magistrates court.
Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa were produced before a magistrates court on Sunday by the NCB after which, they were sent to judicial custody till December 4. While Bharti Singh was taken to Kalyan jail, Haarsh Limbachiyaa was sent to Taloja prison.
The couple filed bail pleas through advocate Ayaz Khan soon after being remanded to judicial custody, saying they do not have any criminal antecedents and hence there is no question of them absconding. Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa were granted bail today after the NCB failed to file their reply.
Appearing for Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa, Adv Ayaz Khan argued that under the NCPS sections, which has a maximum punishment of one year, and the magistrates court has the power to grant them bail. "It’s not required to hear the prosecution," he said.
The court waited till 2 pm for the prosecution to appear in the court. As the NCB failed to file its reply, the court pronounced bail to Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa in the drug case.
Acting on a tip-off, the NCB had searched Bharti Singh's house at Lokhandwala Complex and office on Saturday morning as part of its probe into alleged drug use in the entertainment industry and seized 86.5 gms of cannabis from both places. Bharti Singh's name had cropped up during the interrogation of a drug peddler.
Both Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiya confessed to consumption of ganja. Following her confession, Bharti Singh was placed under arrest under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Haarsh Limbachiya was further examined. Haarsh Limbachiyaa was arrested by the NCB on Sunday.
Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa have been booked under sections 20(b)(ii)(A) (involves a small quantity of drugs) and 8(c) (possession of drugs) and 27 (consumption of drugs) of the NDPS Act.
The NCB has been probing the alleged drug use in Bollywood after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June on the basis of WhatsApp chats involving drugs.