YouTuber Elvish Yadav gets bail in drugs case, to be taken to Gurugram from Noida jail on Saturday


A file photo of YouTuber Elvish Yadav

A file photo of YouTuber Elvish Yadav. Photo courtesy: PTI

A Gautam Buddh Nagar court granted bail to controversial YouTuber Siddharth Yadav alias Elvish Yadav in a drugs case on March 22, six days after he was lodged in a Noida jail, his lawyers said.

Jail officials said they have received an order for Mr Yadav's release, but he will be handed over to the custody of a court in Gurugram, Haryana, on March 23, where he will be arraigned in an assault case involving content creator Sagar Thakur alias Maxturn. To be presented.

The hearing is to be held in Gurugram court on March 27.

Mr Yadav was arrested by the Noida Police on March 17 in connection with a probe into the suspected use of snake venom as a recreational drug at parties organized by him. Advocate Prashant Rathi said Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Jaihind Kumar Singh also granted bail to two of the YouTuber's associates – Ishwar and Vinay Yadav – who were arrested on Thursday.

“The court has granted bail to Yadav, who will have to furnish two surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each,” said lawyer Deepak Bhati, who represented the YouTuber in the court.

The controversial 26-year-old YouTuber, who is also the winner of the reality show Bigg Boss OTT 2, has been booked by the police under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Wildlife Protection Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Said.

Luksar Jail Superintendent Arun Pratap Singh said the jail authorities have received the court's release order for Yadav.

“We have also got a production warrant for Elvish Yadav in a Gurugram court. He will not be released from Luxor jail, but will be sent to the court. The Gurugram court will decide whether to release him or keep him in jail.” Mr. Singh told PTI, He said that Mr Yadav would be taken to his home town Gurugram by Luxor Jail authorities on Saturday.

Mr Yadav was among six people named in an FIR lodged at Sector 49 police station in Noida on November 3 last year on the complaint of a representative of animal rights NGO People for Animals (PFA). Five other accused, all snake charmers, were arrested in November but are currently out on bail, officials said.

The case was registered under provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act and IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 284 (negligent conduct endangering human safety endangering human safety) and 289 (negligent conduct in relation to animals).

Police said charges under the NDPS Act have also been added to the FIR.

On November 3 last year, five snake charmers were arrested from a banquet hall in Noida Sector 51 and nine snakes, including five cobras, were rescued from their possession, while 20 ml of suspected snake venom was also seized.

However, the police had said that Mr Yadav was not present at the banquet hall and they were investigating his role in the case that allegedly involved the use of snake venom as a recreational drug.

PFA president and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Maneka Gandhi has accused Mr Yadav of being involved in illegally selling snake venom.

On November 4 last year, when he was traveling in a car with his friends, he was briefly stopped for questioning by the police in Kota, Rajasthan, but was later released.

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