Past seems to have come to haunt Fardeen Khan again. Today, a Mumbai court found him guilty of possessing banned drug (cocaine) in the 2001 case and he would be sentenced on November 2.
Many feel that, on one hand, while this judgment has come as a blow to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), while, on the other, its an amnesty for Fardeen, as he would now be punished for buying only 1 gm cocaine (from a drug peddler named Nadir Karim Shaikh), instead of 9 gm (as was earlier reported). Readers maybe aware that, as per the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the maximum punishment for possession of less than 2 gm drugs is five years, whereas the maximum punishment for possessing more than 2 gm of banned drugs is 10-year imprisonment.
Fardeen was arrested in May 2001 and 9 gm of cocaine was allegedly seized from him outside a suburban Mumbai restraint. The actor has pleaded that he was negotiating the purchase of one gram of cocaine from a drug peddler when the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested him.