Farhan AzmiFarhan Azmi, son of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi, and three of his friends, all from top business families in Mumbai, were arrested by a special squad of UAE police from the Al-Rifa police station in Dubai on October 23 for possession of narcotics.
The Mumbai Crime Branch said Farhan, Shaan Sippy and Bonny Chhabria, son of car designer Dilip Chhabria, were in the UAE to attend a car rally last week. They were at Imperial Hotel in Bar Dubai, when an anti-narcotics unit raided it. Police found Farhan with cocaine in his wallet.
The exact quantity of the contraband is not known. Apparently, the drug was meant for consumption and not supply, police said. The trio and an unidentified friend were taken to the police station.
Subsequently, when a urine test was conducted on Farhan, he tested positive and the four were booked under the Dubai Drug Act.
Soon after the arrest Farhan called his father for help. Initially, Farhan, a final year commerce student at Jai Hind College, told his father he had been arrested for driving without a valid licence.
But he later told his father the real reason for the arrest. I have disowned my son and now I have nothing to do with him, Member of Parliament Abu Azmi said.
Azmi said Farhan and his business partner Shaan had gone to Dubai to hire a chef for his Italian restaurant Basilico in Colaba. I have never smoked, nor does my faith allow me to do so. Until now I had not paid much attention to my son. But after this I will not do anything to get him released, let him do what he wants. It is bad luck that these allegations are being directed at me because of my son, Azmi said.
Azmi, a Rajya Sabha MP, was arrested in the 1993 bomb blasts case and was later discharged by court. He claimed the incident was a blot on his political career.
Dilip Chhabria is currently in Dubai to get his son released. He told Mid Day his son had tested negative for drugs and that it was unfortunate he was with the others at the time of arrest. My son was not found in possession of drugs, hence there is no case against him, Chhabria said.
Even while the Dubai police detained the four Mumbai youths, officials at the Consul General of Indias office at Al Hamaria Diplomatic Enclave, Dubai, claimed ignorance of the arrest.
The Consul Generals office in Dubai, officials denied having had any official communication from Dubai police about the arrest.
All four youths are now at the Dubai police headquarters. Senior Mumbai police officers were tight-lipped about the development. We are awaiting official confirmation to the report, they said.
With inputs from Yogesh Naik