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Mahajan's servants set free; Moitra had drugs, says CFSL report

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New Delhi, June 7 (UNI) Eight domestic servants picked up from the bungalow of late Pramod Mahajan on Friday in connection with the Rahul Mahajan-Bibek Moitra case were released early today after five days of questioning, police sources said.

The ninth person detained with them, the driver Ganesh, was arrested alongwith Mr Pramod Mahajan's PA Harish Sharma for allegedly tampering with evidence.

The duo got bail later in the day after furnishing personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each and a surety of like amount at the Tughlaq Road police station.

Earlier yesterday, an anonymous letter received by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) claimed the servants were being detained illegally by police. The Commission, which usually does not take cognizance of anonymous letters, was yet to examine the complaint, sources said.

In other developments, the viscera report of Moitra prepared by the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory confirmed that heroin and cocaine were used at the late night party following which Rahul fell ill and Moitra died, sources said.

After a mandatory medical test at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, police today brought Rahul face to face with the three Nigerian drug peddlers as well as with accused Sahil Zaroo who had allegedly brought the drugs to the party.

Sources said he was also asked again about his version of the sequence of events at the 7 Safdarjang Road bungalow, allotted to his father.

The case against Harish and Deepak, both of whom faced extensive questioning, was related to the changes made in the crime scene before the arrival of police.

It was alleged that the bottle of champagne consumed at the party was removed from the room and put in the fridge while the glasses used were washed. Domestic servants questioned in the case had told police that this was done on Sharma's directions.

Vomit in the room where Rahul, Moitra and their friends partied was also cleaned. It was also alleged that they had tampered with the drugs.

Police have arrested seven persons in connection with the case.

Only Harish and Ganesh have got bail since they were charged with tampering with evidence, a bailable offence. The others, including Rahul, have been booked under various sections of the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Act.

While Rahul's police custody ends tomorrow, Zaroo is in custody till June 12. The Nigerians have been sent to police custody till June 15.

UNI VN VD RAI1852

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