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SC grants bail to Kannada actor in drugs racket case

A bench of Justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph set aside a November 3, 2020 order of the Karnataka High Court refusing to grant bail to Ragini Dwivedi.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, New Delhi |
Updated: January 22, 2021 4:26:30 am
Ragini Dwivedi (File)

The Supreme Court Thursday granted bail to Kannada actor Ragini Dwivedi, who was arrested in connection with the Sandalwood drugs case.

The 30-year-old actor was arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police on September 4 for her alleged association with an international drug peddling racket that revolved around supplying psychedelic drugs to customers at big-ticket events and rave parties.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph set aside a November 3, 2020 order of the Karnataka High Court refusing to grant bail to Dwivedi and others in the case registered under various provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

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Over the last two months, the Karnataka Police has arrested 15 people, including other Kannada actors, and summoned several from the film industry in connection with the case.

So far, the CCB Police has arrested actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani and questioned Diganth Manchale and wife Aindrita Ray, Akul Balaji and Santosh Kumar. The police has also named in its FIR Aditya Alva, son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva and brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, as well as film producer Shiva Prakash.

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