Mumbai, Aug 18: In a major setback for the crime branch, the special NDPS court has turned down the former's plea to retest the 12 kg of narcotic drug-meaow meaow- which was recovered from the house of dismissed constable Dharamraj Kalokhe's cupboard at Marine Drive police station.
KMM Prasanna, the additional commissioner of police (crime) said that they will challenge the court order. Hence, the agency is likely to file an appeal before the Bombay High Court. On March 9, 100 kg of mephedrone or meaow meaow was seized from Kalokhe's Satara House.
Just a day later, 12 Kg of the same substance was found in a cupboard in the Marine Drive police station. It was later revealed that he worked for the drug queen Shashikala alias Baby Patankar.
Jayesh Wani, Kalokhe's advocate said,"There is no provision for retesting of seized contraband under the NDPS Act. It could, however, be permitted in extremely exceptional circumstances...and the application, in such rare cases, must be made within a period of 15 days of the receipt of the test report, which has not been done in this case."
In a major embarassment for the crime branch, six cops were arrested in the nexus. In fact, questions were raised as to why the seizures were made just after a fortnight when meaow meaow was brought under the ambit of the NDPS Act.
Senior Inspector Subhash Gokhale, who is one of the accused said that he was wrongly implicated and that he had no connections with the nexus. Police, however, have proof that show he was in constant touch with Patnakar. Moreover, there is a rising debate on the substance, which has similar constituencies like that of ajinomoto.
A police officer said,"The physical components of meow meow and ajinomoto are almost similar and often drug peddlers adulterate the drug with ajinomoto to increase quantity. It is possible that the 112kg seized from Kalokhe had been adulterated with ajinomoto and hence, we wanted to send fresh samples for retest to the central FSL. Our appeal has been rejected, but we will challenge the order before the high court."