The special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) court Saturday granted bail to Yash Birla Group executive Anant Vardhan Pathak, his bodyguard and personal help who were earlier arrested and remanded to judicial custody for possession of cocaine.
While Pathak (31) was granted bail by special NDPS judge A G Bilolikar on a bail bond of Rs 1.5 lakh, his bodyguard Dilip Palekar (31) and personal help Dharmu Rathod (29) were released on a bail of Rs 50,000 each.
Acting on a tip-off from Income Tax officials, a team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had searched a room in Hotel Taj Mahal Palace on January 10 and recovered 4.5 gram of cocaine from Rathod, who is the group president for corporate communications and corporate affairs of the Yash Birla conglomerate.
On Thursday, Pathak was remanded to 14-day judicial custody along with Palekar and Rathod.
According to the remand application filed by the prosecution, Pathak recorded his statement admitting he had kept the seized cocaine with Palekar, who, in turn, handed it over to Rathod.
Pathak’s bail plea argued that the cocaine seized was not for commercial purposes and that no contraband drug was recovered from him. It also argued that the prosecution had already admitted nothing incriminating was found in Pathak’s possession or in his baggage. “The applicant is being prosecuted only on his statement and the statement of the co-accused,” the application added.
The lawyer appearing for Rathod had earlier said the bail applications for the duo would be filed on the grounds that they were innocent and were only working for Pathak and had no involvement in the alleged crime.