Comedian Bharti Singh arrested by NCB in drugs case
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested comedian Bharti singh on Saturday after recovering cannabis from her residence at suburban Andheri, an official said.
The search was conducted as part of the ongoing probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) into alleged drug use in the entertainment industry.
A team led by NCB's zonal director Sameer Wankhede carried out a search at Bharti Singh's residence at Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri based on specific information, a release said.
The team recovered 86.5 grams of marijuana during its probe, the release added.
"Both Ms Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiya accepted consumption of ganja. Bharti Singh was placed under arrest under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and examination of Mr Limbachiya is underway," it further said.
According to an NCB official, the quantity of cannabis seized from Singh’s residence is considered a small amount under the act, but goes against the “commercial quantity”.
Upto 1,000 grams of cannabis comes under the category of “small quantity” and attracts a fine of Rs 10,000 and/or a jail term of up to six months. Possession of commercial quantities -- 20 kg or more -- can attract upto 20 years in jail. For the quantity in between, the punishment can be as much as 10 years in jail.
"Singh's name had cropped up during the interrogation of a drug peddler," he added.
The agency had also carried out searches at two other locations in the metropolis, the official added.
Bharti Singh has appeared in many comedy and reality shows on TV. She has also hosted a few such shows.
The NCB has been probing the alleged drug use in Bollywood after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June on the basis of WhatsApp chats involving drugs.
The central agency had earlier arrested Rajput's girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, some employees of the late film star and a few others under various sections of the NDPS Act.
Rhea Chakraborty and some other accused are currently out on bail.