Comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for possession and consumption of drugs. A court in Mumbai sent the two of them to a 14-day judicial custody till December 4 on Sunday, Mumbai Mirror reported.
Maharashtra: A court in Mumbai sends comedian Bharti Singh (in pic) and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa to 14-day judicial custody till 4th December, in connection with the seizure of ganja from their residence.
They were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). https://t.co/Lq02uHxWHT
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While Singh was arrested on Saturday under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, Limbachiyaa was arrested on Sunday morning after a 15-hour long interrogation. Both of them had admitted to consuming drugs, as per Mumbai Mirror.
“Charges of consumption of drugs have been invoked against them,” said Sameer Wankhede, Mumbai’s zonal director of the NCB.
The NCB on Saturday raided the comedian’s residence in Andheri and their production house, H3 Productions, and recovered 86.5 grams of ganja (cannabis) after they were tipped off by a drug-peddler. Although only a small quantity was found, it can invite upto 10 years of prison, NDTV reported.
According to an NCB official, Singh’s name emerged during questioning of a drug peddler. On Saturday, the agency also carried out searches at two other locations in Mumbai, the official added.
This is the latest in a series of raids conducted at residences of big names associated with the Hindi film and television industry.
Hindi film actor Arjun Rampal and producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s residences were also raided earlier this month in connection to a drug probe after their respective girlfriend’s brother and wife were found to be possessing drugs.
Singh and Limbachiyaa have been hosting the dance reality show India’s Best Dancer, and the former is also a part of the television stand-up comedy and talk show The Kapil Sharma Show.
The ongoing NCB investigation is an outcome of the probe in the film industry’s association with drugs that came to the limelight after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June in Mumbai. The actor’s death by suicide was being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the NCB.