Five accused in the alleged rave party at Juhus Oakwood Premier Hotel last year have moved the special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court seeking immunity from trial.
In the applications moved before NDPS judge I M Bohari,Mohammad Hussain Kooler Zadeh (24),Sneha Talreja (24),Kriss-ann Barretto (22),Suraj Bhalla (38),Yuvraj Bhalla (29),Karan Chawla (30) and Gaurav Bajaj,have attached certificates of having undergone detoxification programme at KEM hospital.
In October 2011,actor Fardeen Khan,who was booked for consumption of cocaine,had applied for similar relief citing a detoxification programme he underwent at KEM Hospital,which was granted by the court.
According to Section 64A of the NDPS Act,any addict charged with offences involving small quantities of a narcotic drug,who voluntarily seeks to undergo medical treatment for de-addiction from a hospital recognised by the government,can be granted immunity from prosecution.
The matter has been adjourned to August 12,when the prosecution is expected to submit draft charges in the case.
As many as 86 people have been booked in the case. A chargesheet was filed against them for consumption of drugs early this year. A few of the accused,including the party organiser Vishay Handa,were booked under several other sections of the Act. Some accused,including 19 foreigners,are listed as absconding.
Chargesheet against SA cricketer,3 others
Mumbai police Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet against South African cricketer Wayne Parnell and three others in the 2012 Juhu rave party case.
Parnell,who was shown as an absconding accused in a chargesheet filed on March 6,had surrendered a few days later before the NDPS court and was granted bail. Parnell has been booked under NDPS Act for consuming narcotic substance, his lawyer Makarand Narvekar confirmed. According to the prosecution,Parnell and another IPL player Rahul Sharma had attended the party and consumed drugs.