Man held for supplying drugs to Maninder’s aide


New Delhi : Delhi Police have arrested a small time drug peddler for allegedly supplying banned narcotics to former India cricketer Maninder Singh's friend Saim Siddiqui.

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Sleuths of Delhi Police's Narcotics Cell nabbed Sundramurthi late Thursday from south Delhi's Jangpura area and seized 125 grams of hashish from his possession.

According to police, Sundramurthi's name came up during the interrogation of Siddiqui, arrested along with Singh Tuesday.

"He (Sundramurthi) had been peddling drugs to make quick money for some time and has confessed supplying cocaine to Siddiqui," Deputy Commissioner of Police A.S. Cheema told IANS.

"We are interrogating him to know his source of supply, distribution pattern and clients in the city. We will seek police custody for further investigations," Cheema added.

Former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh was caught with 1.5 grams of cocaine from his Preet Vihar residence of east Delhi with another former cricket player Siddiqui. Police had also seized 100 grams of hashish from Siddiqui.

"It was Siddiqui who mostly procured drugs for Maninder. He is very faithful to Maninder and was giving him contraband in limited amounts to help him from overdosing," Cheema said.

According to police, Maninder has admitted that he had been taking drugs for the last few years. He said he did so occasionally to deal with family problems. He first took drugs 10 years ago in Holland.