Actor Armaan Kohli was arrested earlier this week by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following a raid at his residence in Mumbai. The agency had recovered one gram of cocaine from his Andheri residence. On Wednesday, the actor was sent to 14-day judicial custody by an NDPS court. As per reports, Kohli was sent to judicial custody after the NCB did not seek his remand, following which the actor moved bail application. The NCB had earlier said that they have pressed serious charges against the actor apart from the consumption of drugs. They will now clarify in their charge sheet if Kohli will be charged for consumption or for being a part of a drug supply network.
Kohli’s name surfaced in the investigation when the officials were questioning drug peddler Ajay Raju Singh who was arrested on Saturday. He had confessed to selling drugs to Kohli on multiple occasions and his Whatsapp chats with Kohli also reportedly verified the same. The NCB had searched Kohli’s residence on Saturday post the information received by Singh. The agency recovered cocaine from a table in his bedroom. The court sent the 49-year-old actor to jail under judicial custody as no further remand was sought by the apex drug law enforcement agency.
NCB had told the court that there was evidence to suggest that Kohli was associated with an international drug syndicate. Ajay Raju Singh, an alleged drug peddler who was arrested by the NCB along with the actor, was also sent to 14-day judicial custody by the court. Armaan Kohli has participated in the reality show Bigg Boss. He has also appeared in films like Jaani Dushman and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, among others.
The central agency had told the court that there was evidence to suggest Kohli, booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, was associated with an international drug syndicate. An alleged drug peddler, Ajay Raju Singh, who was arrested by the NCB along with the actor and booked under the NDPS Act, too, was sent to 14-day judicial custody by the court. His lawyer has filed a bail but it has been rejected.
Bollywood is going through a tough time as many actors recently have been named in the drug probe. It started with Sushant Singh Rajput’s case and then comedian Bharti was sent to jail in the drug case. It looks like NCB is investigating all angels and many more stars in days to come may find themselves behind the bars. Let’s hope that this was the last set of news in this context and no more arrest in drug cases happens from Bollywood.
Armaan Kohli was named for drugs earlier as well but due to lack of proofs, the police or NCB couldn’t nab him. This time they went all guns blazing and made sure they put the right men behind the bars. In a statement to the media, NCB has said that it is spread far and wide and they are tracking all such activities and we might see few more arrests in the coming months.