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Rahul Mahajan arrested
Tribune News service

New Delhi, June 5
Rahul Mahajan, who is in the ICU of Apollo Hospital, was arrested under the NDPS Act today. The police earlier told a local court that Rahul might be made an accused in the case.

However, he will be in the hospital till the doctors allow him to be taken to the police station for questioning.

The police made this submission before Metropolitan Magistrate M. M. Chaturvedi while seeking custody of three Nigerians arrested following the interrogation of Sahil Zaroo who allegedly procured drugs for Rahul and his aide Vivek Moitra.

Earlier in the day, the police questioned Rahul about his mystery ailment and Moitra's death after a late night party.

Police sources, meanwhile, said the arrest was made under Section 25, 21, 27 and 29 of the NDPS Act relating to the purchase, consumption and possession of narcotic drugs.

Hospital sources said Rahul was questioned inside the Intensive Care Unit itself after doctors said he was fit to make a statement. Rahul is believed to have narrated to the police the sequence of events that led to the tragedy. His statement would be verified in the context of the statements made by the other persons who were present at the party in the Safdarjang Road house

Sources said Rahul reportedly denied having taken any drugs voluntarily but did not rule out the possibility of some one having mixed some thing in the Champagne which they were having in the party. This, perhaps, would explain his illness and subsequent hospitalization.

The police have already questioned the other four persons and also recorded the statement of the two servants who were present in the house at that time. They are, Trishay Khanna, Karan Ahuja, Rahul Malhotra and Sahil Zaroo, all belonging to well connected, affluent business families. A case under the NDPS Act has already been registered at the Tughlaq Road police station here.

Meanwhile, the police today claimed to have arrested three Nigerian nationals from the city following an interrogation of Sahil Zaroo, who allegedly procured drugs for the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son Rahul and his aide Moitra, and recovered some narcotics from their possession.

Two of the Nigerians, going by the nick names David and Tobu respectively, were arrested from Munirka area of south-west Delhi late last night while another was arrested from a nearby place, the police said. Some drugs were also recovered from their possession, they said.

The arrest of the three comes in the wake of the sustained interrogation of Sahil, who is said to have procured drugs for Rahul and Moitra on Thursday night.

The white powder pouch handed over to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory by the Delhi Police, probing the Rahul Mahajan case, contained heroin.

"The 1 inch by 1.5 inch red pouch handed over on June 2 contains heroin," a CFSL report to the Delhi Police said here today.

The pouch was one of the five items handed over by the police to the CFSL for examination.

Besides the packet, two torn pieces of cloth belonging to Moitra and Rahul and two samples of stomach wash of the two, collected by the police from the Apollo hospital, were also handed over to the CFSL for analysis.

The police are also looking into the alleged delay in reporting the death of Moitra and Mahajan's illness to them. "There has been a definite delay from both sides to report the matter to the police. The hospital too was good two hours late in reporting," Additional DCP (New Delhi) Manish Aggarwal said.

Also, the police are likely to question Mahajan's doctors regarding the medical tests that they originally claimed had been negative for any "identifiable" drug, including cocaine.

Also, Aggarwal said the police were in the process of obtaining the post-mortem report of Moitra from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL). AIIMS, which conducted the autopsy, has sent the report to the CFSL.

Meanwhile, a city court today remanded three Nigerians, arrested last night in connection with the Rahul Mahajan 'drug over dose' case, in police custody for 10 days.

Metropolitan Magistrate A K Chaturvedi ordered Ebiram Gouchukwo, James Tiabu and Abdullah to police custody till June 14 after police sought their custody for further interrogation that could be crucial to investigations in the case.



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