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  • Drugs probe: NCB searches home of Maha minister's son-in-law

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16:32 HRS IST

(Eds: Adding court remand info, clubbing related stories)



Mumbai, Jan 14 (PTI)
The Narcotics Control Bureau on Thursday conducted searches at the city-based residence of Maharashtra NCP minister Nawab Malik's son-in-law Sameer Khan, who has been arrested in a drugs case, an NCB official said.

Besides, a Mumbai court remanded Khan in the NCB's custody till January 18.

Khan was arrested by the NCB on Wednesday over his alleged role in the drugs case in which three persons, including British national Karan Sajnani, were arrested here last week after seizure 200 kg of drugs, an official said.

A team of the NCB on conducted searches at Khan's residence in suburban Bandra. No seizure was made from his house, the official said.

The NCB team also conducted searches in Juhu area, he added.

Meanwhile, Khan was produced before a local court which remanded him in the NCB's custody till January 18 for further probe into the case, special public prosecutor Atul Sarpande said.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday also referred to Khan's arrest by the NCB and said people concerned should cooperate with the agency.

Talking to reporters here, Pawar said there is no personal allegation against Malik.

Khan was arrested by the NCB on Wednesday after several hours of questioning.

He had been summoned by the agency after it found an alleged online transaction of Rs 20,000 between him and one of the accused in the drugs case in which British national Karan Sajnani and two others were arrested last week, sources said.

State minister Nawab Malik, without mentioning any incident, in a tweet on Thursday said, "Nobody is above the law and it should be applied without any discrimination. Law will take its due course and justice will prevail."

"I respect and have immense faith in our judiciary, the minority affairs minister added.

Earlier, the NCB on Tuesday arrested Ramkumar Tiwari, one of the owners of the famous 'Muchhad Paanwala' shop in Mumbai which is frequented by celebrities, in the same case.

Tiwari was granted bail by a court here on Wednesday.

Last week, the NCB arrested three persons, including Sajnani, and claimed to have seized 200 kg of drugs from Khar and Bandra areas here.

The drugs included ganja, imported contraband like 'OG Kush' (a strain of cannabis indica), and curated marijuana, some of which had been sourced from the US, an official earlier said.

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