Viren Khanna: Police Informant Turned Drug Suspect in 2018 Sandalwood Drug Case, Granted Bail

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Viren Khanna who was one of the drug suspects in the 2018 Sandalwood Drug Case was granted bail by the Karnataka High Court on Monday.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) had arrested Viren Khanna under an FIR that was registered in the Banaswadi Police station. The case pertained to violating rules while he hosted a party by playing unreasonably loud music and stretching beyond the prescribed time limit.

Viren Khanna pleaded his bail petition by pointing out that two FIRs cannot be filed on the same facts and allegations. Khanna was granted bail by the court but was asked to furnish the bail bond of two lakh and two sureties for the like sum.

Who is Viren Khanna?

Viren Khanna was previously a police informant who has now become one of the biggest suspects of the Sandalwood drug case.

The Police officer investigating the case has reported that Viren Khanna first tried to get into the good books of the law enforcers such as the police for his benefit. He posed himself to be a regular informant of the police by reporting rave parties organized by others leading to raids.

He then used this cordial relation with the police to violate rules in his own parties. The FIR registered at the Banaswadi police station proved this to be true.

A Senior police officer exclaimed that he misused his rapport with the police, which he had gained previously by being an informant. “We have bought this in our investigation records” the officer added. The police observed that Khanna found ways to increase the crowd number in his parties through illegal ways.

It was reported that big celebrities were seen in his parties, as he would let drug peddlers supply drugs to lure the crowd. It was also found that he gave free entry to women to gather a larger crowd.

Khanna himself admitted in an interview that 800 people turned up for a party in his farmhouse for 100, despite the ban on live music after 11:30 PM. He also added in the same interview that he had pulled police raids with the help of an influential ex-pat.

“We’ve placed the paper clippings (of the interview) as evidence in the case. There are other allegations in his parties which we are verifying”, stated an investigating officer.

On September 8th, the police searched Khanna’s house for evidence, in the course of which they found among other items a pair of Karnataka police uniform and contraband materials, notepad, and hookah pots.


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