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NDPS court grant bail to Australian Architect

Paul Bartels an Australian architect was accused of offense under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act by Narcotic Control Bureau. On 11th Nov 2020, a house search of the accused was made by the officers of the NCB. No contraband was recovered from the accused no incriminating material was found.
Paul Bartels was one amongst the many arrests made by the Bureau in relation to its investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda appearing on behalf of accused. Though, the court observed that the maximum punishment for offences applied on accuse would be one year. It also shows that there was no material available with NCB to interrogate the accuse and make any further investigation which would explain that he is not consumer of drugs but his role was as peddler or supplier of drugs. The statements of other co-accused namely Agisilaos Demetriades and Nikhil Rystons Saldhana along with the WhatsApp chats it was observed that these WhatsApp chats and messages were not substantial and sufficient to hold the role of the accused as peddler or supplier of drugs.
The court also noted that co-accused Nikhil Saldhana was enlarged on bail and other co-accused Agisilaos Demetriades, whose role is similar to Paul Bartels in the case was granted bail as well. Thus on the ground of parity the present accused were also required to be released on bail. The court granted him bail and also directed him to furnish bond of Rs. 1,00,000 and also imposed some condition on him.

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