Sandalwood drug case: Court rejects bail pleas of Sanjjana Galrani, Ragini Dwivedi

While Ragini was arrested on September 4, Sanjjana was arrested on September 8

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A Karnataka court, on Monday, rejected bail pleas of actresses Sanjjana Galrani and Ragini Dwivedi, who were arrested in the Sandalwood drug case.

The Kannada film circle had come under scrutiny for drug use after the Narcotics Control Bureau nabbed an international drug trafficking racket in multi-city raids earlier in August.

While Ragini was arrested on September 4, Sanjjana was arrested on September 8. 

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB), which is probing the case, had also arrested Niyaz, Ragini’s associate Ravi Shankar, party planner Viren Khanna, and Loum Pepper Samba, a suspected drug peddler, in connection with the drug case.

Meanwhile, the CCB had also summoned actor-couple Diganth Manchale and Aindrita Ray for questioning.

On September 25, a special NDPS court in Bengaluru had granted the Enforcement Directorate (ED) five days custody of Ragini and Sanjjanaa, along with other accused who have been arrested in the case.

The ED in its petition stated that the accused persons have to be interrogated for their alleged involvement in a money laundering case pertaining to the drug racket in the Kannada film industry.

The ED suspects that the accused have unaccounted assets and money, which they were allegedly funnelling into the drug trade, the News Minute reported.

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