Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, both players who turned out for Pune Warriors in IPL 5, have tested positive for drugs. This has been revealed in test reports received by police who had detained the two players in May at the venue of a rave party, in Juhu, Mumbai.
In all, 90 people (38 women and 52 men ) were arrested during the police raid, according to a statement issued by Vishwas Nagre-Patil, Additional Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. Only four of those, comprising two men and two women, tested negative. Sharma and Parnell’s test reports came in the second batch of 44, received by Mumbai Police, on Friday.
Rahul Sharma is currently on a tour of Sri Lanka with the Indian team which is scheduled to play five ODIs, in the Emerald Isle, while Parnell is back home in South Africa. Sharma and Parnell were among the 42 who tested positive; of those 35 are said to have tested positive for cannabis, while three others were shown to have ingested cannabis and cocaine, while the remaining four reports revealed cannabis and MDMA. Police also volunteered information that 18 had tested positive for alcohol.
Sharma is likely to be arrested under Section 27 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrope Substances Act that prohibits consumption of drugs but under section 64 he could be eligible to be sent for rehabilitation and de-addiction if found to have consumed said drugs for the first time.
The tests, done at Mumbai’s Cooper, Bhabha and Sir JJ Hospitals, transpired after a police raid on Hotel Oakwood, in Mumbai’s Juhu area, on May 20, where a sun-down party was underway that police suspected to be a rave party.
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