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

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The Narcotics Control Bureau on November 21, 2020 arrested comedian Bharti Singh following seizure of ganja (cannabis) from her house in suburban Andheri, an official said.

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

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

It recovered 86.5g 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 Ms. Singh’s possession is considered as “small quantity” under the act, as against “commercial quantity”, an NCB official said.

Upto 1,000g of ganja is considered small quantity, which attracts a jail term of up to six months and/or 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.

“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.

Ms. 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, actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, some employees of the late film star and a few others under various sections of the NDPS Act.

Ms. Chakraborty and some other accused are currently out on bail.



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