Mumbai’s Esplanade Court on Sunday sent comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa to judicial custody till December 4. Both of them were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the alleged consumption of cannabis.

The couple filed bail pleas soon after being remanded to judicial custody. The magistrate’s court would hear the bail pleas on Monday.

Before producing the couple in court, the NCB took them to the hospital for medical examination.

Bharti Singh was held on Saturday while Haarsh Limbachiyaa was arrested on Sunday morning.

“Charges of consumption of drugs have been invoked against them,” ANI quoted Sameer Wankhede, Zonal director of NCB, Mumbai as saying.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday raided the production office and house of comedian Bharti Singh and from both the places 86.5 gms of marijuana was recovered.

Both Bharti and her husband Harsh Limbachiya accepted the consumption of marijuana.

Up to 1,000 gm of marijuana is considered a small quantity, which attracts a jail term of up to six months and/or a fine of Rs 10,000. 

Possession of commercial quantity — 20 kg or more — can attract up to 20 years in jail.

For the quantity in between, the punishment can be as much as 10 years in jail.

NCB had earlier raided a place in the Khar Danda area and nabbed a trafficker aged 21 years with various drugs including 15 blots of LSD (commercial quantity), marijuana (40 grams) and Nitrazepam (psychotropic medicines).

In follow up and in corroboration with previous inputs, NCB swooped on their homes in at least two locations in suburban Andheri’s Lokhandwala Complex and Versova and thoroughly searched the premises to find the banned dope (Marijuana) from there.

This comes as the probe, which began from the drug case in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, continues to expand to the alleged drug abuse by Bollywood celebrities.

(With agency inputs)

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