Fardeen Khan let off by court in 2001 cocaine case
The actor had sought immunity from prosecution from the court and had undergone a de-addiction program as per the court's directions.
Actor Fardeen Khan was today granted immunity from prosecution by a Mumbai sessions court in a 2001 case where he was caught along with an alleged drug dealer in possession of cocaine.
"We had filed an application under section 64 (a) seeking immunity from prosecution and based on the facts of the case the judge has given me immunity from prosecution," Khan told reporters outside the court in south Mumbai.
Khan said the court's judgement was a great relief for him as it came 12 years after the case.
"It is not only a relief for me but also for my family. If my father (Feroz Khan) were here he would be very happy," Khan said.
Khan was ordered by the court to undergo a de-addiction programme at a government hospital and the actor said he had complied with the court's directions.
The actor who has starred in films like Heyy Baby and Jungle was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the suburb of Juhu in May, 2001 while allegedly buying cocaine.
Alleged drug peddlers, Nasir Abdul Karim Shaikh and Tony Hector Gomes, were also arrested in the case.
Khan had claimed he attempted to buy only one gram of cocaine from Shaikh, while the NCB alleged that nine grams of banned substance was found on Khan and Shaikh.
A special NDPS court in Mumbai had in January 2008 charged him only with attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. But, the NCB had approached the Bombay high court, challenging the lower court's order. The high court had rejected the agency's stand.
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