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Mumbai: Arman Kohli to be investigated for ‘financing illicit trafficking and harbouring offenders’

The NCB had raided the actor's residence in Andheri on Saturday and conducted a house search based on information that he was possessing drugs.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: August 29, 2021 8:42:27 pm
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday arrested Bollywood actor Armaan Kohli in connection with an alleged drugs case,and Produce Killa Court on Sunday | Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar

Actor Arman Kohli, who was arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday for possessing cocaine, has also been booked for “financing illicit traffic and harbouring offenders” where he faces a minimum of ten years and a maximum of twenty years on conviction. The NCB had raided the actor’s residence in Andheri on Saturday and conducted a house search based on information that he was possessing drugs.

When asked what role has Kohli played in financing illicit traffic or which drug peddler has he harboured, a NCB official said, “Our investigation is on and we cannot reveal anything in this regard at the moment.”

The NCB officials said Kohli had no idea about the raid and was taken by surprise. The cocaine drugs were found on a table kept inside his bedroom.

After his arrest, Kohli was subjected to a medical test and was subsequently produced before a magistrate court on Sunday afternoon where he was remanded to NCB’s custody for one day. Kohli’s name cropped up when the NCB officials were questioning Ajay Raju Singh, a major drug peddler arrested by them on Saturday morning.

Singh told NCB that he sold drugs to Kohli multiple times in the past and that Kohli has also bought drugs from another accused who is on the run. The police said Singh also sold drugs to other high-profile clients who are under NCB scanner.

“Till now, the investigation has revealed that the case has international linkages as the cocaine seized has South American origin. NCB Mumbai is probing the route and linkages used to bring the seized cocaine to Mumbai and the involvement of other traffickers.

“Singh was caught near Haji Ali dargah in south Mumbai and 25 grams of MD was recovered from him. He is a history sheeter and has been previously involved in a 2018 case of ANC Mumbai wherein huge quantity of Ephedrine was recovered. Singh came out on bail in 2019 and again started peddling drugs,” said

Based on Singh’s revelation, a team of NCB Mumbai raided the house of Kohli in suburban Andheri on Saturday afternoon. “We have registered a FIR and arrested Kohli and Singh. Kohli is booked under section 21(a), 27(a), 28, 29, 30, & 35 of NDPS Act and Singh is booked under 22b(a), 27A, 28, 29, 30, & 35 of NDPS Act,” said Sameer Wankhede, IRS, Mumbai Zonal Director, NCB.

Kohli has appeared in movies like Jaani Dushman, LOC Kargil, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and has been a contestant on TV reality show Big Boss in 2013.

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