Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan has been granted immunity today from prosecution by a Mumbai sessions court for 2001 case where he was caught along with an alleged drug dealer in possession of cocaine.
The actor has been granted immunity from prosecution in the case on the condition that he will undergo a detoxification process, which he has already completed.
“Fardeen is hereby declared immune from prosecution at this stage," said the special judge G A Sanap.
The court for special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) made it clear that if Fardeen Khan was caught again for a similar offence in the future, the immunity against him shall be withdrawn.
“This is a big decision for me. I am grateful to the judge for accepting my application. I will share this happy moment with my family,” the actor said.
“Had my father (Feroz Khan) been alive, he, too, would have been happy,” he added.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Fardeen in Juhu in Mumbai on May 5, 2001 on charges of possessing cocaine.
Nasir Shaikh, who allegedly sold him the drug, and Tony Gomes, who allegedly supplied it to Shaikh, was also arrested.
In October last year, charges were filed against Khan under the NDPS Act, for possession of cocaine.
Fardeen Khan claimed that he tried to but 1 gram of cocaine, contradicting the reports that he was found with 9 grams of cocaine on him. Later Fardeen Khan filed for immunity.