The Drugs Case: Explained
On November 21, 2020, Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa’s Mumbai apartment and the office were raided by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Reportedly, the NCB recovered 86.5 grams of cannabis from them. Subsequently, the couple was taken for a medical test. Post the test, both were remanded in judicial custody till December 4, 2020. However, they were released later.
Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa agreed that they have consumed cannabis. They moved the court for bail on November 22. On November 23, the bail was granted to the couple by a magistrate’s court. It was granted after the NCB and the public prosecutor representing the investigating agency failed to appear before the court to make submissions on the bail pleas. As a result, both had to deposit a security sum of Rs 15,000 each.
Later, the NCB then moved a plea before the sessions court. It claimed that the bail was granted without hearing the prosecution. Furthermore, the central agency called the magistrate order “perverse, illegal and bad in law” which deserved to be quashed and set aside. NCB wants that the bail of Bharti and her husband shall be revoked. And, they should be directed to surrender before the court.
NCB: A Dangerous Signal
When Bharti Singh and Hash were arrested, NCB had issued a press statement which said, “In the follow-up and in corroboration with previous inputs in the (FIR no 16) the NCB raided two other places on Saturday including production office and comedian Bharti Singh’s residence and from both the places 86.5 gms of ganja was recovered. Both Bharti Singh and her husband, Harsh Limbachiya accepted the consumption of Ganja. Bharti Singh has been placed under arrest under the provisions of NDPS Act 1986 and examination of Harsh Limbachiyaa involvement is underway.”
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On Thursday, a Mumbai Court released its verdict on the maintainability of a plea filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The plea stated that there should be a cancelation of the bail granted to television actors Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiyaa. in a case registered for the alleged possession of drugs. NCB also told the sessions court in Mumbai on September 23 that the magistrate court’s order granting bail to Bharti and her husband in a drugs case is setting a “dangerous signal in society“. They mentioned that it highlights that “high profile offenders can be spared easily“.
As Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa have a huge fan following, their bail gives a wrong impression in the society. People might feel that high-profile cases like theirs can easily escape the law. However, it should not be like that. Everyone is equal before the law. Therefore the NCB plea stated that “dangerous signal in society that high profile offenders can be spared easily at the cost of divine establishment principles, without hearing the prosecution side”