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Mumbai rave bust: Actors, DJs test positive for drugs

Source: PTI
June 23, 2012 21:58 IST
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Film actors, a fashion designer and DJs were among the 44 people who tested positive for drugs consumed at a high-profile rave party at a posh hotel in Juhu, Mumbai in May, police said on Saturday.

Actors Apurva Agnihotri, Anshuman Jha, Parth Sharma, Amit Gaur, famous fashion designer Rocky S, cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi's son Angad Bedi, celebrities Rahul Dahia, Kartik Jobanputra, DJ Brothers Dipesh Sharma and Rakesh Sharma and the hotel director Vishay Handa were among the 44 people who tested positive for drugs, police sources said.

The two persons, who tested negative for the drugs, were identified as Amrit Sagar, grandson of Ramanand Sagar, director of television serial 'Ramayan' and Rahul Sughand.

As many as 44 out of the 92 people, who had been rounded up during the rave party at Oakwood Premier Hotel on May 20, have tested positive for drugs, making their arrest inevitable, the sources added.

Since the party-goers are not accused of possessing commercial quantity of drugs, they would get bail after the arrest, sources said.

According to the police, they can later apply for drug rehabilitation in a government hospital as per Section 64 (A) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. They can then apply to the court for exemption from further action.

The police received samples for 46 of the 92 people, who attended the party.

Out of the 44 who tested positive, 27 had consumed cannabis, one MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) while 16 had consumed MDMA as well as cannabis.

The results of 46 others, including two IPL cricketers, Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma (both played for Pune Warriors) and 38 women have not been received yet, police added.

According to the police, these 46 persons were taken to the civic-run Cooper Hospital after they were rounded up along with 46 others. The rest were taken to J J Hospital and Bhabha Hospital.

The hospitals took urine and blood samples to test alcohol presence and the same samples were also sent to Kalina Forensic Laboratory for drug tests. The results of the 46 men were received on Friday, said the police.

A day after the raid, police had also arrested Vishay Handa, the director of the hotel, under the NDPS Act.

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