Rave party: IPL players let off after medical test

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Mumbai: IPL players Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma of Pune Warriors team, who were detained along with 94 others during a raid on a rave party in suburban Juhu, were let off today after collection of their blood and urine samples.

In another development, Vishay Handa, director of city-based Oakwood Premier Hotel, where the rave party was held last night was arrested under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. A police officer said, "All those who were detained last night during the rave party were allowed to go after their blood and urine samples were taken. Among those who were allowed to go include two IPL cricketers – Wayne Parnell and leg-spinner Rahul Sharma (both play for Pune Warriors India)."

"The blood and urine samples were taken to Cooper, Bhabha and J J hospitals, to examine if they consumed the drugs," the officer said. Police had said last night that two IPL players from the Pune Warriors team, one of them a foreigner, were among the 96 persons who were detained following a raid. "Approximately 110 grams of cocaine along with MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, and charas were seized," Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nagre Patil had said.

Meanwhile, Vishay Handa was produced before a magistrate in Andheri who sent him to police custody till May 25. Police told the court that Handa was the key person in organising the rave party, attended by about 400 youngsters including foreign nationals. Seeking Handa`s remand, police said they want to interrogate him in connection with organising the rave party and supplying drugs to the patrons.

Among those who were present at the rave party were television actress Shilpa Agnihotri and some foreigners, police claimed. Besides, blood and urine samples of 44 patrons were sent to J J Hospital for medical examination, police said. Of the 44 patrons, 38 were women, they added.

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