Sandalwood Drugs Case Latest News: The special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court of Bengaluru on Monday, September 28, denied bail to Kannada actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani for their alleged connection with the high-profile Sandalwood drugs case. The hearing on bail for these actors as well as other accused in the case is adjourned till September 30. The NDPS court also rejected the anticipatory bail applications filed by two accused in the case, Vinay Kumar and Shiva Prakash, who evaded arrest until now.Also Read - Sandalwood Drugs Case: Ragini Dwivedi Granted Bail by Supreme Court
The Central Crime Branch police are also on the lookout for actor Vivek Oberoi’s brother-in-law, Aditya Alva, who has been named in the case. The CCB has so far arrested high-profile party planner Viren Khanna, alleged drug peddlers Loum Pepper Samba, Rahul Tonse, Prashanth Ranka and Niyaz in connection with the case. Also Read - Crime Branch Sends Notice to Vivek Oberoi's Wife Priyanka Alva in Sandalwood Drugs Racket
Other than the probe by the CCB, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also conducting a parallel probe into the alleged money trail involved in this entire case involving two actors along with other co-accused on charges of money laundering. Also Read - Search at Vivek Oberoi's Mumbai Residence in Drugs Case After Brother-in-Law Aditya Alva Goes Absconding
The ED has already got permission from the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Thursday that had granted permission to probe the charges. Among others, the ED is expected to question Viren Khanna, Sanjjana’s friend and real estate businessman Rahul Tonse, and Ragini’s associate B.K. Ravi Shankar who is among the arrested in connection with the same case.
Actor Ragini Dwivedi who had initially skipped summons by the CCB police on September 3 was arrested the next day for allegedly not cooperating with investigation officials, following raids at her residence. On the other hand, Sanjjanaa Galrani, who was also subsequently raided in connection with the same case, was arrested on September 8. After a brief period in police custody, they were sent to judicial custody on September 14.