The Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) on Thursday rejected stories about public prosecutor Atul Sarpande “beneath scanner” of the company over alleged lapses in current probes in circumstances comparable to arrest of actor Bharti Singh and her husband in a drug case and the questioning of Karishma Prakash, former supervisor of actress Deepika Padukone.
Sarpande has been representing the company in case quantity 16 which is linked to the dying of the Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The case hogged the media limelight because the company cracked down on drug peddlers and questioned a number of Bollywood actors. The current bail granted to comic Bharti Singh and her husband and screenwriter Haarsh Limbachiyaa for possessing medicine by a Justice of the Peace court docket has been embroiled in controversy.
An officer didn’t seem for his or her bail utility on the Killa court docket on November 23. Sarpande was in Thane for showing for an additional case and was not in a position to attend as properly. One other officer has been suspended over his alleged interplay. Subsequently, the company has suspended two of its officers in reference to investigation of the circumstances.
“There have been a couple of lapses for which two officers have been suspended. They’re, nevertheless, not investigating officers. The probe over the suspension is at preliminary stage and we’re probing the circumstances,” mentioned a high-ranking NCB officer.
Reacting on stories about Sarpande being probed for lacunae, the officer mentioned, “Sarpande has been showing for the NCB in case quantity 16 and has been arguing effectively towards the accused attempting to safe bail.”
The particular person earlier quoted acknowledged that deceptive stories have been intentionally unfold. “There’s a ploy to derail the investigation and a deliberate mischief has been performed,” the officer, who’s a part of the probe, mentioned.
When contacted, Sarpande mentioned that his absence for a day for Bharti’s bail reply was communicated by his junior to the court docket within the morning. “The linking of suspension of two officers with me is finished intentionally as I’ve been preventing onerous towards the accused arrested within the case. I’ve a observe of 31 years in drug-related circumstances,” mentioned Sarpande including that he’ll proceed to characterize the NCB.
“Some accused arrested within the case are nonetheless in jail,” he mentioned. The movie stars and drug peddlers are beneath investigation over two FIRs filed by the NCB that are associated to research allegations pertaining to drug procurement, conspiracy, consumption amongst different prices.