Telangana HC: Restrains Coercive Actions Against Navdeep:
In a development favoring film actor Navdeep, the Telangana High Court issued a directive on Wednesday instructing the Hyderabad Police not to take coercive measures against him in the ongoing drugs case. This case was registered by the Gudimalkapur police recently following the apprehension of three Nigerians involved in drug peddling.
The Telangana High Court specifically instructed the investigative team that if they wish to question or inquire into the actor’s involvement, they must adhere to the procedures outlined in Section 41A of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code). While the police are permitted to question or inquire, they are prohibited from making any arrests.
Justice K. Surender presided over the anticipatory bail application submitted by Navdeep, who had filed the application anticipating his potential arrest. The police had previously stated in the media that Navdeep was evading arrest.
Navdeep’s counsel informed the court that the remand report concerning other individuals implicated in the case clearly indicates that Navdeep is considered a suspect in drug consumption rather than drug peddling. Emphasizing this point, the counsel argued that drug consumers may have some legal protections and requested appropriate orders.
Sudarshan Sara, the additional public prosecutor, contested this request and brought to the court’s attention that Navdeep had previously been questioned in connection with a Tollywood drug case and had a history of involvement. Without complete information, it was premature to conclude that Navdeep was only a consumer. Sudarshan argued that interrogating the accused, Navdeep, could potentially reveal further information.
After considering the arguments presented by both sides, the Judge issued orders mandating compliance with the procedures outlined in Section 41A of the CrPC. Subsequently, on Wednesday evening, the police issued Section 41A notices to Navdeep, requesting his appearance for questioning regarding the drug case.