No evidence against Sameer Khan in drug trafficking case: Court

Mumbai, October 14 (Agency)A special Mumbai court granting bail to Sameer Khan, son-in-law of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, has said there is no evidence to establish his involvement in a drug trafficking case. Special Judge for NDPS cases A A Joglekar had granted bail to Khan and two others last month. A detailed order in this regard was made available on Wednesday. Khan, son-in-law of Maharashtra’s Nationalist Congress Party leader and Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik, was arrested by the Narcotic Drug Control Bureau (NCB) on 13 January 2021 for allegedly possessing narcotics. The prosecution had alleged that Khan was part of a drug syndicate and was involved in transporting and consuming drugs. In the order on Khan’s bail plea, the court noted that as per the chemical analysis report, 11 out of 18 samples did not detect cannabis and thus the principle of prosecution regarding imposition of section 29 was defeated. Section 29 of the NDPS Act deals with abetment or criminal conspiracy to commit an offense under the Act. The court noted that the NCB could not produce it before the court to prove the conspiracy, at least prima facie. The NCB had claimed that the accused had hatched a conspiracy to buy, sell and transport 194.6 kg of ganja.

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