A special court under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) in Mumbai on Friday ordered the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to return all mobile phones and laptops seized from the Bollywood actor. Arjun Rampal and his partner Gabriella Demetriades during the investigation of a drug case.
The NCB began investigating a drug case in Bollywood last year after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Several Bollywood celebrities were questioned during the investigation. Rampal and his partner were also interrogated by the agency, and their devices were confiscated following a raid on their home. The couple stated that they use their devices for professional personal purposes.
The couple’s lawyer, Ayaz Khan, expressed satisfaction that the NCB had confiscated the devices during the raid and that charges have now been brought. He stated that the trial would take a long time and that the confiscation of the devices put the couple in dire financial straits. He also said that the couple is willing to comply with the conditions set by the court in order to gain access to their statements.
Meanwhile, the special prosecutor of the agency Atul Sarpande is categorically against this and said that the investigation is still ongoing. “There is a strong likelihood and possibility that the applicant will use the mobile items mentioned above in the drug mafia and other related business transactions if the applications for the mobile items mentioned above are approved,” Sarpand said.
After hearing the argument, judge V.V. Vidvans said: “The trial and sentencing of the case will take considerable time. While the financial investigation into the case is still ongoing, data on mobile phones and laptops such as Macbooks and felt-tip pens are already digitally / electronically stored and can be accessed at any time for investigation and litigation purposes. “
“Another aspect to consider when considering these applications is the possibility of taking action regarding liability and confiscation of illegal drugs, substances, plants, items and vehicles, etc.,” the judge said.
“In this case, only the SB (the investigator) took action to seize the applicants’ mobile phones, but in accordance with the prescribed procedure in accordance with the provisions of Article 68 (B) (e) r / w. 68 (F) Act. The law is not enforced as there is no formal seizure or confiscation of bank accounts, as required by law, by ordering the seizure of such property with due approval / prior authorization from the competent authority within a 30-day period. 68 (F) (1) (2) of the NDPS Act, “added Judge V.V. Vidvans.
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