The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which on Wednesday arrested Sameer Khan, the son-in-law of NCP leader and cabinet minister Nawab Malik, told the court on Thursday that Khan and a British citizen, Karan Sajnani, were planning a sale of cannabis- Purchased products online “under the guise of herbal products”.
According to the NCB, the two defendants attempted to circumvent the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) by selling the products as a “herbal blend”.
The agency alleged that Khan was a financier and business partner and was charged under Section 27 (A) of the NDPS Act, which is related to the financing.
He was held in police custody until Monday, while the other three defendants, including Sajnani, were detained by the NCB until Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Malik said on Twitter that the law was going its right way. “Nobody is above the law and it should be used without discrimination. The law will run its course and justice will prevail. I respect and have great faith in our justice system, ”he tweeted.
An NCB official said he had presented WhatsApp chats and bank documents to the court suggesting a “partnership” between Khan and Sajnani to sell “marijuana products under the guise of herbal products”.
Sajnani, who was based in Hong Kong prior to the UK, had returned to India after losses in his business. “It was here that he met his childhood friend, Khan, nearly 15 months ago and was plotting to source and sell marijuana products,” the official said.
The plan was to import marijuana from Seattle in the US by courier and then mix it with tobacco and CBD oil and sell the same as herbal products. While receiving such an order, the NCB officials received a lead and ransacked Sajnani’s house.
However, Khan’s attorney Taraq Sayyed denied the allegations. He told the court that Sajnani and Khan were acquaintances and had discussed many business ideas, including those related to tobacco. They had nothing to do with marijuana, he claimed, adding that Sayyed’s statement to the NCB contained nothing material. “There was no marijuana or CBD oil and there was no agreement between the duo,” said Sayyed.