FSL report on hair samples confirms drug use by film actresses

Bengaluru, August 24 (IANS) In a major development, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report has confirmed that multilingual actresses Sanjjanaa Galrani, Ragini Dwivedi and others were taking medication.

Both were arrested and released on bail later in this connection. Police have also arrested Viren Khanna, an event manager, Aditya Alva, son of formerly deceased minister and a close relative of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberai and others in connection with the case.

The development made national headlines and all the accused claimed to be innocent.

Along with actresses, the reports have also confirmed that Viren Khanna, Rahul Tonse, both event leaders used drugs.

City Crime Branch (CCB) police investigating the case have sent hair samples of the accused for testing to check drug use. The test is known as hair follicle test or hair drug test.

The laboratory had rejected samples of hair from the actresses for the first time, and the samples were rebroadcast. CCB had also written to CFSL to deliver results as early as possible.

The samples were sent 9 months ago along with samples of nails and urine. The hair samples were sent for the first time in the drug case in the state. Since the drug traces could be found for up to a year.

In general, blood and urine samples were sent, as drugs could only be detected within 24 to 48 hours.

Inspector Puneeth, the investigating officer in the case, has submitted the reports to the 33rd CCH court in Bengaluru. The reports will be added to the charges against the actresses and others.

Although officers were not available for comment on the development, the CCB had issued a press release stating that they had sent hair samples of the accused in drug and psychotropic drug cases (NDPS) to the Hyderabad Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

The defendant, who avoided the arrests for a long time, could have escaped urine and other routine blood tests as they confirmed the presence of medication in the body if it was only submitted within 48 hours of ingestion, the memo said.

“Hair samples retain traces of medication for up to 1 year. The new method has helped police track the drug use of the accused in NDPS cases. Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has appreciated the CCB police’s efforts and application of a new method, “said Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner (Crime).

“We have sent samples of accused persons in drug cases who were arrested last year. Now the reports have arrived. This is an alarming bell for those involved in drug use, ”he stressed.

Bengaluru police had arrested actresses Sanjjanaa Galrani and Ragini Dwivedi in September 2020. Sanjjanaa received bail in December 2020. Ragini Dwivedi obtained bail in January 2021 from the Supreme Court after her bail plea was rejected by Karnataka High Court.

Sanjjanaa Galrani has replied that she does not know about the CFSL report. She said she would only respond after obtaining the details of the CFSL report.


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