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Comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Limbachiyaa were remanded to judicial custody today by a Magistrate at Esplanade Court, Mumbai till December 4 after their arrest yesterday by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for allegedly being in possession of drugs.
The NCB had arrested Singh and her husband on Saturday after allegedly finding drugs in their house and after interrogation.
The NCB had sought custody of Singh and her husband for 13 days viz till December 4, 2020, on the belief that he was procuring the drugs which the pair was consuming and the investigation was at a nascent stage.
NCB had carried out a raid in the production house of Limbachiyaa and recovered certain grams of drugs. On further probe, they carried out a raid in the residential house of Singh and Limbachiyaa where they recovered certain amount of drugs and certain unaccounted cash.
After Singh made a voluntary statement during the raid about consumption of drugs and on account of the drugs recovered, NCB arrested Singh and her husband on Saturday.
NCB sought for custody on the ground that "the investigation of the present case is in initial stage and the revelations made by the Respondents are to be verified."
The couple was produced by NCB before the vacation Magistrate today.
The Court recorded the following while remanding them to judicial custody:
The quantities allegedly in possession of the couple were in small quantities.
The punishment for the offences alleged against them was imprisonment for up to a year.
The evidence on record only proved that there was consumption involved and not peddling of drugs.
After a brief hearing, the Court did not deem it necessary to grant custody with the NCB as was sought by them and remanded the couple to judicial custody till December 4, 2020.
Singh and Limbachiyaa were represented by Advocate Ayaz Khan, who has now filed bail applications on their behalf.
The bail applications will be heard by the Esplanade Court, Mumbai on Monday.