Rahul charged with drug use, Parnell wanted

They have been accused of consuming cannabis at a party in Mumbai.


MUMBAI:The Mumbai Police has filed a chargesheet in the 2012 Juhu rave party case, charging leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who featured briefly in the Indian team, with drug use at the party and also naming South Africa all-rounder Wayne Parnell as the absconding accused in the case.

The cricketers were present at the May 20, 2012, party at Juhu's Oakwood hotel. They have been accused of consuming cannabis. They had earlier tested positive.

Sharma had vowed to give up cricket if found guilty. Parnell too had denied wrongdoing. The South African plays for the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League, and this development could affect his participation in this year's tournament.

"I don't do drugs. Myself and Rahul were there at the hotel in a party at the request of a friend. We went there and at 7'o'clock police were all over in the party. We were just at the wrong place at the wrong time," the South African had said.

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Sharma had said last year they had cooperated with the police for the medical tests. "I belong to a simple family and have not even had a beer in my life. Where does the question of attending a rave party arise? I will give up the sport if my tests come out positive. I have told everything to the team management and things would be clear once the medical report comes out," he said.

Parnell said the party had been organised by a friend. "It was an old friend and we met him last year. We have been in touch with him since then. We have nothing to do with drugs. We are on the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) list and tested regularly," he had said.

Sharma, actor couple Apoorva Agnihotri and Shilpa Agnihotri and others had been rounded up after a raid on the suburban hotel.

The police had conducted the raid in May 2012, where drugs were allegedly being consumed, and rounded up around 86 persons.
 
"We have filed a 1,200-page chargesheet against 86 persons while 35 accused, mostly foreigners, have been shown as wanted," said a police official.

The wanted accused include foreigners who left the country after the medical examination.

The special NDPS Act court will first take cognisance of the chargesheet and then issue summons to the accused.

The copies of the charge-sheet were handed over Monday to all the accused who were summoned by the court.

After the police filed the charge-sheet March 6, all the accused were ordered to present themselves in court.

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