March 1, 2012 12:55:19 am
In a relief for Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan,a Mumbai court on Wednesday granted him immunity from prosecution in a case of drug abuse registered against him in 2001.
A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court passed the order after Khan made an application seeking immunity under Section 64 (A) of the NDPS Act,1985. The section lays down that persons who are charged with possession of small quantities of drugs and who volunteer for corrective treatment,can get the benefit of immunity from prosecution.
Fardeen Khan is declared immune from prosecution at this stage, special judge G A Sanap said. The judge,however,also made it clear that if Khan is arrested for a similar offence at a later date,the immunity would be withdrawn.
Khan had filed his application on December 19 last year. The plea was filed after he underwent a three-week long de-addiction programme at the KEM Hospital in Parel.
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Khan was arrested in 2001 from Juhu on the charges of attempting to purchase small quantities of cocaine. The charges in the case were framed against him in October last year.
Two other persons had also been arrested along with Khan in the case,Nasir Sheikh who is said to have sold the drugs to him,and Tony Gomes,who is alleged to have sold them to Sheikh.
Speaking to reporters after the verdict,Khan said he was extremely grateful to the judge for ruling in his favour. Had my father been alive,he too would have been very happy, he said.
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