Domestic help of Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Deepesh Sawant has moved Bombay High Court seeking compensation worth Rs 10 lakh citing the reason that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had kept him in the illegal detention for 36 hours.
“There is gross violation of fundamental rights of the petitioner by the NCB officials by not producing the petitioner to the nearest magistrate within 24 hours of taking into custody,” said the petition. He stated that his illegal detention is a gross violation of Article 21 and Article 22 of the Indian Constitution.
Division bench of Bombay High Court comprising Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik has posted the matter for November 6.
As per the petition moved by Deepesh Sawant through his advocates Aamir Koradia and Rajendra Rathod mentioned that NCB has detained Sawant from Chembur residence on September 4 and was presented before holiday magistrate court at around 1.30 pm on September 6.
The petition also mentioned that one of the other accused Kaizan Ibrahim, was produced before the court on September 5 and was immediately granted bail. The petition claimed that he was not produced before the court with Ibrahim and was shown that he was arrested on September 5.
In the petition, it is also pointed out that the offences under which he was charged were bailable. But the High Court recently held that offences under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act are non-bailable.
Deepesh Sawant was accused of interacting with drug peddlers and receiving deliveries from them. He was charged under sections 8(c) with 20(b)(ii) (produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, ware-house, use, consume, import, export of cannabis other than ganja), 23 (import, export or trans-shipment of contraband material), 29 (abetment) and 30 (preparation for offences punishable under sections 15 to 25) of the NDPS Act.
Deepesh Sawant was granted bail on October 7 along with Rhea Chakraborty and SSR’s House Manager Samuel Miranda.