(This story was first revealed in The Occasions Of India on September 6, 2020)
The Central Crime Department, which is probing drug peddling by Sandalwood stars and celebrities, has charged 12 individuals, together with late politician Jeevaraj Alva’s son Aditya, underneath the Narcotics Medicine and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Aditya occurs to be the brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi.
Within the FIR filed at Cottonpet police station, police mentioned 12 individuals have been booked based mostly on data supplied by BK Ravi Shankar, a transport division official and the primary to be arrested within the racket wherein medication had been allegedly bought in events attended by high businessmen, celebrities and techies.
Whereas actor Ragini Dwivedi and her former pal Shivaprakash have been named as predominant peddlers, others within the FIR are get together organiser Viren Khanna, businessman Prashanth Ranka, Vaibhav Jain, Aditya Alva, African drug provider Loum Pepper Samba, Prashanth Raju, Ashwin, Abhiswami, Rahul Tonse and Vinay.
Investigators mentioned the peddlers communicated in codes to remain underneath radar: ecstasy drugs, as an illustration had been known as ‘Hi there Kitty’.
Ravi Shankar reportedly advised police that Samba had provided medication to events organised at many star motels within the metropolis and at resorts in Ramanagara, Bidadi, Mysuru and farmhouses close to Tumakuru and Davanagere.
Shankar not named in FIR
Curiously, the identify of Ravi Shankar (RTO worker and shut pal of Ragini Dwivedi) has been excluded from the FIR.
An investigating officer mentioned: “We arrested Ravi Shankar in a drug case pertaining to 2018. However he’ll proceed to stay an accused on this case too; we’re investigating. Will probably be finished after we file the chargesheet within the court docket.”
Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of police (crime), mentioned: “There are doubts being raised about exclusion of Ravi Shankar’s identify from this FIR. He’s already in our custody in one other case and we are going to take him into custody on this case too. These are some authorized methods of dealing with points. We can not disclose a lot now.”
Police claimed they bought a breakthrough following the arrest of Loum Pepper Samba as he was infamous for supplying pricey narcotics comparable to cocaine and MDMA to native sellers.