The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which had earlier this year arrested Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik’s son-in-law Sameer Khan for possession of drugs, has filed a 1,000-page chargesheet in court.
The chargesheet has been filed against Sameer Khan, Karan Sejnani, Rahila and Shaista Furniturewala, one of the Muchhad Paanwala owners Ramkumar Tiwari and alleged drug peddler Anuj Keshwani.
The chargesheet said that Sameer Khan and the other accused have been charged for procuring, purchasing, transporting and selling about 200 kg of ganja and six cannabidiol (CBD) sprays.
However, the chemical analysis (CA) report from the Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory states that not all of what was seized is ganja.
The report states said that on the basis of physical examination, chemical and instrumental analysis, and botanical examination report, presence of cannabidiol (CBD) was detected in substances in about 83 kg of material.
For the other 114 kg, the report states that the “presence of any narcotic drug and psychotropic substance could not be detected in the vegetative substances.”
Advocate Taraq Sayyed, who is representing Khan and Rahila, said after going through the chargesheet, “There is nothing in the chargesheet. The CA report says that there is only ganja and CBD, which do not fall under the definition of cannabis as per the NDPS.”
Nevertheless, as per procedure, a special sessions court under the NDPS Act will take cognisance of the chargesheet. Sayyed and other lawyers associated with the case said they will be arguing against the cognisance being taken by the court.
In the meantime, the accused who are on bail will have to present themselves before the court during the procedure.
Nawab Malik is the minority development minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra. Earlier, he had called the case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) against his son-in-law ‘politically motivated’.