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Bollywood drugs case: Australian citizen Paul Bartels, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Thursday on charges of drug supply in Bollywood, was granted bail by a court on Thursday. The special NDPS court said there was no “hard evidence” against Bertel.
- Latest version:November 19, 2020, 9:59 am IST
The NCB also questioned Arjun Rampal earlier this month after investigating the use of drugs in Bollywood since the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June. The special NDPS court said there was no “hard evidence” against Bertel.
Appearing for Bertel, senior advocate Abad Panda and advocate Subhash Yadav argued that the NCB had not found anything objectionable in their November 11 search of their client’s home. Bartels, who works as an engineering manager with an international manufacturing contractor, has been charged with conspiracy to buy drugs with Aegisilos Dimitridas.
Judge H.S. Satbhai said in his order that the charges against Bartels were based on the exchange of messages between co-accused Azecilos Dimitridas and Nikhil Saldanah and some people with the accused. Attempts are being made to prove that the accused were involved in the drug trade, but at this stage the messages are not sufficient to prove the role of the accused as a drug dealer. The court further said that the NCB had presented Bartel before the magistrate after his arrest, but did not claim his custody.