NCB arrests comedian Bharti Singh, husband in drug case
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Mumbai: In a major development, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) late on Saturday arrested comedienne Bharti Singh for alleged possession and consumption of banned drugs, specifically ganja (cannabis), from suburban Andheri after her homes were raided this morning.

The NCB searched Singh's house and office in the morning as part of its probe into alleged drug use in the Hindi film industry.

"We have arrested Bharti Singh and found a little over 86 gms of marijuana from her. Her husband Harsh Limbachiya is currently being interrogated by NCB. We shall inform you of further developments," NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede told news agency IANS.

The banned drug (Marijuana), said to be of commercial quantity, was recovered from their home in the raids and they duo have reportedly confessed to consuming drugs.

A team led by Sameer Wankhede, the central agency's zonal director, carried out a search at Singh's residence at Lokhandwala Complex as well as her production house based on a tip-off, a release said.

It recovered 86.5 grams of ganja during the search, 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," the NCB release added.

The quantity allegedly seized from Singh's possession is considered as "small quantity" under the act, as against "commercial quantity", an NCB official said.

Upto 1,000 grams of ganja is considered small quantity, which attracts jail term upto six months and/or fine of Rs 10,000. Possession of commercial quantity -- 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 also carried out searches at two other locations in the metropolis, the official said.

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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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