(Ed: Updating) Mumbai: The Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) on Saturday arrested comic Bharti Singh following seizure of ganja (hashish) from her home in suburban Andheri, an official mentioned. The NCB searched Singh’s home and workplace within the morning as a part of its probe into alleged drug use within the Hindi movie trade.
A group led by Sameer Wankhede, the central company’s zonal director, carried out a search at Singh’s residence at Lokhandwala Complicated in addition to her manufacturing home primarily based on a tip-off, a launch mentioned. It recovered 86.5 grams of ganja throughout the search, the discharge added.
“Each Ms Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiya accepted consumption of ganja. Bharti Singh was positioned underneath arrest underneath the Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and examination of Mr Limbachiya is underway,” the NCB launch added. The amount allegedly seized from Singh’s possession is taken into account as “small amount” underneath the act, as in opposition to “industrial amount”, an NCB official mentioned.
Upto 1,000 grams of ganja is taken into account small amount, which attracts jail time period upto six months and/or positive of Rs 10,000. Possession of economic amount — 20 kg or extra — can appeal to upto 20 years in jail. For the amount in between, the punishment might be as a lot as 10 years in jail. “Singh’s identify had cropped up throughout the interrogation of a drug peddler,” he added.
The company additionally carried out searches at two different areas within the metropolis, the official mentioned. Bharti Singh has appeared in lots of comedy and actuality exhibits on TV. She has additionally hosted a couple of such exhibits.
The NCB has been probing the alleged drug use in Bollywood after the dying of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June on the premise of WhatsApp chats involving medication. The central company had earlier arrested Rajput’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, some staff of the late movie star and some others underneath numerous sections of the NDPS Act.
Rhea Chakraborty and another accused are at the moment out on bail.