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FSL report on hair samples confirms drugs consumption of film actresses

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In a major development, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report has confirmed that multi-lingual actresses Sanjjanaa Galrani, Ragini Dwivedi and others consumed drugs.

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

The developments made national headlines and all accused pleaded to be innocents.

Along with actresses, the reports have also confirmed that Viren Khanna, Rahul Tonse, both event managers were using drugs.

The City Crime Branch (CCB) police, investigating the case, have sent hair samples of the accused persons for tests to check on drugs consumption. The test is known as the hair follicle test or hair drug test.

The lab had rejected the samples of hair of the actresses for the first time and the samples were resent. The CCB had also written to the CFSL to provide 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 drugs case in the state. Since the drug traces could be found for up to one year.

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

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

Though the officers were not available for comment on the development, the CCB had released a press note claiming that they have sent hair samples of the accused in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) cases to Hyderabad Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

The accused who avoided the arrests for a long time could have escaped from urine and other routine blood tests as they confirmed the presence of drugs in the body if only submitted within 48 hours of consumption, the note said.

“Hair samples will retain the traces of drugs up to 1 year. The new method has helped the police to trace the drug consumption of the accused in NDPS cases. The Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has appreciated the effort and use of novel method by CCB police,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner (Crime) stated.

“We have sent samples of accused persons in drugs cases arrested last year. Now the reports have come. This is an alarming bell for those who involve in drug consumption,” he underlined.

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

Sanjjanaa Galrani has responded that she does not know about the CFSL report. She said she will answer only after obtaining the details of the CFSL report.

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Centre clarifies on 3rd wave possibility after Omicron detection

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Omicron cases are increasingly being reported from countries outside of South Africa. India has also reported two cases of Omicron Covid variant and is likely to spread to more countries.

“Given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to Delta variant as evidenced by high seropositivity, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low. However, scientific evidence is still evolving,” said the Health Ministry on Friday. It added further that the scale and magnitude of rise in cases and most importantly the severity of disease that will be caused is still not clear.

On the question of existing vaccine efficacy against this variant, the health ministry has said that there is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on Omicron, some of the mutations reported on Spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines. However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved.

“Hence vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease, and vaccination with the available vaccines is crucial. If eligible, but not vaccinated, one should get vaccinated,” it added.

The response measures for all variants of concern, including Omicron, is the same as that for SARs CoV2. The ministry has said that the precautions and steps to be taken remain the same as before. “It is essential to mask yourself properly, take both doses of vaccines (if not yet vaccinated), maintain social distancing and maintain good ventilation to the maximum possible”, said the ministry in a statement.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and is issuing suitable guidelines, said the ministry, adding that the scientific and medical community is geared up for developing and deploying diagnostics, carrying out genomic surveillance, generating evidence about viral and epidemiologic characteristics, and development of therapeutics.

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Trouble looms for Balakrishnan as Mumbai HC to hear son’s DNA case

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The Mumbai High Court has posted for January 4 the case of a DNA test result of Binoy Kodiyeri, the elder son of CPI-M politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who was all set to return as Kerala CPI-M state secretary.

A woman from Bihar has alleged that Binoy had a relationship with her while she was working at a dance bar in Dubai in 2008 and till 2015, he used to send her money every month. They also have an eight-year-old child.

The woman had first filed a petition in 2019 and in July 2019 Binoy approached the Mumbai High Court seeking dismissal of the rape case filed by the woman. The court asked all the three to go for a DNA test and Binoy appeared for it on July 30, 2019.

Following which the case went into a limbo. In December 2020 the DNA result was filed before the court in a sealed cover and on Thursday the woman approached the court wanting to know the result. The court has now posted this case for January 4.

Incidentally Balakrishnan who is a cancer patient, was given medical leave by the party soon after his younger son Bineesh Kodiyeri was arrested in October 2020 by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

However Balakrishnan breathed easy when Bineesh got bail from the Karnataka High Court after being in a jail in Bengaluru in October this year. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan strongly backed Balakrishnan to return to the post and the green signal was to have come from the state secretariat on Friday, when came the news about Binoy.

The news about Binoy has come at a time when the CPI-M, ahead of the party state conference scheduled for early next year, wanted Balakrishnan to take over. Sources in the know of things say Balakrishnan will be asked to take over after the national leadership of the party last month asked the state leadership to take a call on it.

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Five dead, one injured in road accident in Gurugram

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 Five people were killed after a car crashed into a roadside wall and overturned on Sadhrana road near Gadhi village here on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

According to police, the deceased have been identified as Sagar, Jibech, Niaz Khan, Prince and Jagbir.

One person, identified as Hardik Tiwari, was injured in the incident.

The victims were returning to Gurugram city from Sadhrana village after attending a marriage.

“All of them were coming from a wedding ceremony in Sadhrana village. The mishap was a result of speeding and a damaged road. All the victims used to work in a city-based private hospital. Police are taking necessary action,” Gurugram police spokesperson Subhash Boken said.

“The injured man has been shifted to a hospital in critical condition. While the bodies have been sent for post-mortem. Further probe is on,” he added.

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