In a two-year-old drug consumption case, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has filed a chargesheet against stand-up comedian Bharti Singh and her spouse Haarsh Limbachiyaa. The chargesheet was filed with the Esplanade Magistrate Court, but it has not yet been heard.
Limbachiyaa is a playwright and producer, and on November 21, 2020, the NCB raided the couple’s home in Lokhandwala in Mumbai’s Andheri neighborhood. The NCB allegedly confiscated 86.5gm of marijuana from their house after conducting a search.
The two were apprehended and sent to a magistrate’s court, where they were sentenced to judicial custody until December 4, 2020.
However, the couple petitioned for bail, stating that the chemical confiscated at their home was in trace amounts and that even if found guilty after a protracted trial, the couple would not be sentenced to more than a year in the prison. The couple was granted bail by the Magistrate court on November 23.
The NCB then filed a plea with the sessions court, claiming that bail was granted without hearing from the prosecution. The central agency called the magistrate’s order “perverse, illegal, and dreadful in law,” and said it should be reversed.
The special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court dismissed the revision application on technical grounds, so the agency filed a new application in the same matter. The application has yet to be heard by the Mumbai Sessions Court.
The NCB filed the chargesheet under various sections of the NDPS Act, including sections 27 related to consumption, 28 punishment for attempts to commit offenses, 29 punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy, and 8 C related to product manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import interstate, export interstate, import into India, export from India, or tranship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance, except cocaine.
According to the NDPS Act, up to 1 kilogram of Ganja is considered a modest quantity, and the person in possession of it is considered a consumer. After two days, the magistrate granted the pair bail on a 15,000 bond each. Sections 20(b)(ii)(A) (small quantity of drugs), 8(c) (possession of drugs), and 27 of the NDPS Act were used to charge the two (consumption of drugs).
Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa have a son named Lakshya, who is six months old. Both Bharti Singh and Haarsh have hosted reality television shows. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2022 is currently hosted by Bharti Singh. Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan was another show Bharti and Haarsh previously hosted.
In addition, the third season of their own comedic game show, Khatra Khatra Khatra, was released this year. Bharti Singh and Haarsh post humorous videos from their daily lives on Instagram and YouTube on a regular basis. Many of the videos also feature Lakshya, also known as Golla, their son.
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