A Special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances court on Friday, extended the judicial custody of actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani until October 23, after rejecting their bail plea multiple times in the alleged Sandalwood drug scandal, ETimes reported.
In the new order, the court has asked both the actors to remain in Central Prison in Parappana Agrahara in Bengaluru until October 23. They, however, have been allowed to appeal the High Court.
Kempe Gowda (2011) actor Dwivedi was arrested on September 4 after the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru police raided her house in connection with the alleged drug racket case. Four days later, Dandupalya 2 actor Galrani was arrested for the same.
Both the actors were interrogated for several hours at the Bengaluru Police’s CCB office regarding their involvement in drugs and in search of other names involved in the racket. The actors are allegedly said to have connection with drug dealers and suppliers across the country including, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The actors are kept in the same cell until further orders.
Known to be ‘Sandalwood drugs scandal’, the case is an ongoing investigation that started on August 21 when the Narcotics Control Bureau raided an upscale gated community, Nikoo Homes, in Bengaluru. They seized 96 pills of MDMA weighing 40 grams, 180 LSD blots and a diary from prime accused Anikha D. The diary contained names of 15 celebrities including, actors, musicians, models and reality show personalities from the Kannada entertainment industry. They are accused of procuring drug and marijuana, arranging high-end rave parties and supplying them in parties.
The other names that came up in the racket include actor Vivek Oberoi‘s brother-in-law Aditya Alva, producer Sivaprakash, Vaibhav Jain, Prashanth Raju, Ashwin, Abhiswami, Rahul Thonshe, Vinay, Simon, Prashant Babu, Ashwin, Rahul Tonse. The main drug supplier is reportedly a Senegalese national Loum Pepper.