Drug abuse case: Mahajan`s plea for return of mobile rejected

A Delhi court today dismissed a plea of Rahul Mahajan seeking return of his mobile phone, SIM card and other belongings seized by police following his alleged involvement in a drug abuse case in 2006.

Last Updated: Jun 03, 2010, 00:53 AM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today dismissed a
plea of Rahul Mahajan, son of slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan,
seeking return of his mobile phone, SIM card and other
belongings seized by police following his alleged involvement
in a drug abuse case in 2006.

"The alleged seized objects of the accused form part
of the case properties and they cannot be released to him at
this stage. Hence, the application is dismissed," Additional
Sessions Judge J P S Malik said.

Mahajan (35) who recently married model Dimpy Ganguly
in a reality show, had filed an application for release of his
belongings.

He is accused of consuming and distributing drugs at
the official residence of his slain father on the night of
June two, 2006.

Mahajan, along with his late father`s secretary Vivek
Moitra, was admitted to Apollo Hospital here after allegedly
consuming contraband drugs. Moitra later died in the hospital.
Police had seized his belongings during the probe.

Meanwhile, the court today said coercive actions would
be taken against Nigerian nationals, Abdul Latif Ashola alias
Mohd Abdullah and Egbedokun James Taiwo, co-accused in the
case, as they have stopped appearing before it after getting
bail.

It ordered forfeiture of the bail bond of Taiwo,
besides issuing non-bailable warrants against him.

The court also asked police to start the process of
declaring Abdul Latif Ashola as proclaimed offender.

Mahajan, who was arrested on June 5, 2006, under the
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, has been on
bail since June 14 that year.

The trial in the drug abuse case against Mahajan and
others is yet to start as the records are with the Delhi High
court, which is hearing various revision petitions against
framing of charges under the NDPS Act.

The High Court is hearing a bunch of petitions filed
by Mahajan, one Sahil Zaroo, Harish Sharma, personal assistant
of Pramod Mahajan, challenging the framing of charges against
them.

-PTI