Karnataka: 25 chargesheeted in Sandalwood drug case | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Sleuths of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Monday filed a chargesheet against 25 persons, including actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, through jurisdictional Cottonpet police. The 25 accused include 15 on bail (including Dwivedi and Galrani), 5 in jail and 5 absconders.
“We filed a chargesheet against 25 accused persons including four Nigerian nationals,” Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of police said.
Police sources said the chargesheet runs into over 2,390 pages in five volumes and was submitted to the 33rd Additional City Civil and Session Court, the special court for NDPS Act.
Puneeth Kumar, police inspector (CCB), investigated the case registered in Cottonpet police station on September 4, 2020. The chargesheet contains statements of over 180 witnesses, confession statements of the accused and other evidence.
Police allege the accused were actively involved in purchasing, consuming and selling narcotic substances. Police furnished bank account details of the accused.
The racket came to light when ex-RTO official Ravi Shankar revealed the drug trade in high-end parties in his statement before KC Gautam, assistant commissioner of police, CCB. Police registered a case against 12 accused persons including late minister Jeevaraj Alva’s son Aditya Alva and others with Cottonpet police station on September 4.
The accused are Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, Vinay Kumar, BK Ravi Shankar, Aditya Alva, Veeren Khanna, Rahul Thonse, Aditya Agarwal, Prashanth Ranka, Srinivas Subramanya alias Shri, Benald Udenna, Chidiebere Ambrose alias Chief, Loom Pepper Samba alias Simon, Aswin Kumar, Osita Onoh Philip, Pratheek Shetty, Shivaprakash, Vaibhav Jain, Prashanth Raju G, Niyas Mohammed, Ashwin Kumar alias Ashwin Boogi, Abhi Swamy, Vinod Kumar Poddar and Lokesh Kumar.

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