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Rahul Mahajan's bail plea to come up tomorrow

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, June 12 (UNI) A city court today accepted a Delhi police plea to transfer the Rahul Mahajan drugs abuse case hearing to a special court.

Special Judge N K Gupta passed the order, allowing the police plea that Metropolitan Magistrate A K Chaturvedi did not have the jurisdiction to hear the case filed under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Counsel for Rahul K K Sud opposed the plea.

The Metropolitan Magistrate had on June 9 deferred Rahuls bail application to June 13 saying the court would consider it on expiry of the police custody of Sahil Zaroo, an accused in the case.

The matter was to come up before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau or the duty magistrate tomorrow as Mr Chaturvedi would not be present due to court holidays.

After today's order, however, the bail application of Rahul would now come up before a special judge, either at Tis Hazari or in Patiala House court, tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the judge sent Sahil to judicial custody till June 22 when he was produced in court on completion of his police remand period.

Sahil was sent to eight days' police remand on June 4, a day after he surrendered to police in Srinagar after a dramatic TV show appearance to claim innocence.

Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's private secretary Bibek Moitra had died, while son Rahul was admitted to hospital in a serious condition after a party, also attended by Sahil and three others on the intervening night of June 1 and 2.

Rahul was arrested on June 5 and sent to two days' police custody a day later. He was sent to Tihar on 14 days' judicial custody on June 8.

Based on evidence gathered from witnesses as well as forensic and medical reports, police suspect Moitra died of drug overdose.

Sahil is believed to have brought drugs to the party after purchasing it from a Nigerian peddler, also in police custody till June 15.

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