Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan today, Oct 4 pleaded innocence after a Mumbai court found him guilty of attempting to purchase cocaine in a case dating to 2001 but dropped charges of possessing over two grams of the drug. The sentence will be pronounced on Nov 2 and the actor could find himself behind bars for six months.
The special NDPS court framed charges against Khan under section 21 (A) of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances act, which carries a maximum punishment of 6 months and fine upto Rs 10,000 or both.
"Now, I have been charged only for attempting to buy cocaine. Charges pertaining to the possession of cocaine have been dropped," Khan said. "This is something we have been appealing to the court for the last 10 years. I am extremely happy about how things are going," he added.
Fardeen was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) from Juhu area of the city in May, 2001 for illegal possession of cocaine. Alleged drug peddlers Shaikh and Gomes were also arrested with him.