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Sanjjanna Galrani moves Karnataka High Court seeking bail on medical grounds; Court directs detailed medical check-up

The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed for a detailed medical check-up of Kannada actress Sanjjanaa Galrani, who was arrested in connection with the Sandalwood Drug scandal.

Sanjjanaa, who was earlier denied bail by the High Court, had moved a fresh petition seeking grant of bail on medical grounds.

After hearing the matter, Justice Sreeniwas Harish Kumar directed that the check-up has to be undertaken at the state-run Vani Vilas Hospital and a report based on the same should be submitted to the Court by December 10.

Senior Advocate Hasmath Pasha is appearing for Galrani in the matter.

Last month, the Court had rejected the bail applications filed by Galrani and fellow Kannada actresses Ragini Dwivedi, along with three others who were arrested in connection with the Sandalwood drug scandal.

While denying the grant of bail, Justice Kumar held that the custodial interrogation of the accused persons is imperative in order to discover evidence in the present investigation. The order stated,

“…. if the petitioners have remained away from interrogation purposefully to see that traces of drug should vanish from their scalp hair, it only shows their ulterior motive. It is recorded in the case diary that accused no.10 – Abhiswamy @ Abhijit Rangaswamy is likely to fly off India. These being the circumstances, if anticipatory bail is granted, investigation may hamper. Of course, conditions may be imposed, but their custodial interrogation to unearth the hidden evidence appears to be very much essential.”

The actresses had approached the Court for the first time in October after a Special NDPS Court had denied granting bail to them in the matter.

Galrani was reportedly taken into custody based on a suo motu case registered by at the Cottonpet police station for allegedly consuming and supplying banned narcotic substances at parties and events.

She was booked under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act), and the Indian Penal Code.

The complaint against Galrani was that she had formed a team in order to procure various narcotics from various states and foreign countries. It was alleged that Galrani and her team would sell the narcotic substances at various farmhouses, 5-star hotels, clubs, pubs etc.


Via Bar & Bench
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