Lies – Mahajan Saga
Friday, the June 2, 2006 dawned on Delhi like any other day, by
breakfast time the channels were breaking the story of Rahul Mahajan’s
nightly misadventure. Rahul, the young scion of the bereaved family
of late Pramod Mahajan - BJP star whom former Prime Minister Vajpayee
literally catapulted to a position of pre-eminence by dubbing
him Ramayan’s Laxman.
the middle of the night that had passed, Rahul and Vivek Moitra
– Mahajan Sr.’s former aide, had been moved in an
unconscious condition to Apollo Hospital from 7 Safdarjang Road
– the official residence of the deceased leader still in
the possession of the Mahajan family. By afternoon Moitra was
dead, Rahul reportedly critical but stabilised, and the whole
nation abuzz with the shocking tale of booze, drugs and trips
in high places.
the three days that followed, skeletons after skeletons have tumbled
out of cupboards hitherto hidden – only whispered about
in corridors, as just the ways of those powerful, the impregnable
high and mighty.
the aftermath of the Rahul saga, the first to be arrested –
Sahil Zarroo, the Kashmiri drug procurer for that fateful night.
Then the Nigerian Abdullah from Vasant Vihar – the main
source for the drug, with two other Nigerians detained and some
more under interrogation. And lately, Rahul too arrested for drug
consumption, even as he is still recuperating in the ICU of Apollo
hospital – “on the basis of the ‘totality’
of evidence so far adduced”, as Additional DCP New Delhi
District Manish Agarwal put it.
recapitulate the sequence of events – barely weeks after
his father’s death, and statedly while on his way to Assam
to immerse the ashes in the Brahmaputra, Rahul Mahajan with aide
Vivek Moitra indulges in a binge at the Safdarjung Road bungalow
– a champagne party, with three other friends: Sahil Zarroo,
Karan Ahuja and Rahul Malhotra.
disclosed by two house servants who helped investigators piece
the story together, Rahul and Vivek regularly had such booze parties
even earlier, the plush bathroom mostly being the scene of secret
rendezvous then. Often, Rahul would sip his champagne in the Jacuzzi,
with Moitra sitting on a chair beside.
the time the two went to the TV room where the others were present,
Rahul appeared in an inebriated state telling Moitra he had thrown
up, as he had had too much. It was 10.30p.m. and at this stage,
Rahul Malhotra leaves.
Moitra accuses Sahil of having supplied impotent stuff and asks
him to fetch the genuine substance. Sahil leaves with Karan, contacts
another friend Trishay Khanna while on the way, then drops Karan
and picks up Trishay. They manage to contact Nigerian Abdullah
from whom fresh substance is procured.
in the house, Moitra, Rahul and Sahil take the substance, and
immediately start feeling sick. Sahil leaves with Trishay, goes
to Spring Meadows hospital in East of Kailash and gets himself
treated. The house servants find Moitra and Rahul lying unconscious
and inform Mahajan Sr.’s other aide Harish Sharma. Servants
Anil and Shankar assist Sharma to take Rahul and Moitra to hospital.
are driven to Apollo – and not the nearby AIIMS or Safdarjung.
According to Mahajan Sr.’s close associate and friend Sudanshu
Mittal, “who would trust a Government hospital in an emergency!”
the nation’s premiere medical facility the AIIMS doing post-mortem
on Moitra’s body has confirmed death due to an over dose
of drug usage, and the CFSL has declared the ‘substance’
to be heroin, the Apollo hospital is on the mat for attempting
to hush up the matter by rushing to the media declaring no signs
of drugs found in Rahul’s samples tested.
the BJP is seen distancing itself from the episode by saying it
is a family matter. Rahul’s uncle former Maharashtra Dy.CM
Gopinath Munde though, has lost no time to scream the conspiracy
theory alleging a sinister plot to kill Rahul. And the ever-indulgent
Vajpayee deems it necessary to philosophically pontificate in
respect of his favourite Laxman’s son, that such things
do happen among the young when they fall into wrong company; they
will guide him to the right path! One wonders whether this’ll
be before or after the imminent jail sentence that’s looming
large as a distinct reality for young Rahul.
Police sources unofficially reveal that Rahul Mahajan had a history
of drug abuse and that they are trying to ascertain this with
concrete evidence. Which brings us once again to the issue of
‘high profile’ cases in which the accused are either
persons wielding influence or they are related to persons exercising
power. The print media recently documented several such cases
in Delhi, Bombay and elsewhere. The view expressed in respect
of this ‘brat pack’ was that if your dad’s rich
and connected, the law can go jump.
case is typically symptomatic of the dark side of the rich and
powerful and their spoilt brats who party with gay abandon –
ever on a high on cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or acid that’s
readily available. A reporter of a TV channel penetrated the drug-and-party
circle in Delhi to show how easily drugs are accessible in the
city. There have been many incidents littered in the recent past
of how actors, politicos, businessmen have been caught and then
somehow they get back to their nefarious ways. It would be appropriate
for judicial activists and our apex court to crusade in this matter
to find out why they do not get booked, to make an example of
them, to be a deterrent to others whom the supposed long arm of
the law has not touched yet!
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