New Delhi: The city police has been asked by a Delhi court to verify if Harish Sharma, a close aide of slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan and co-accused in the drug abuse-cum-peddling case involving Rahul Mahajan, has died.
Additional Sessions Judge Lal Singh issued notice to the police seeking the reply of the investigating officer (IO) of the case to Sharma's counsel plea that his client died on
February 10 this year due to prolonged illness.
"S K Santoshi, advocate has filed an application informing about the death of accused Harish Sharma, stating therein that Harish Sharma had expired on February 10, 2012 after prolonged illness.
"Let notice be issued to the IO/SHO to verify the death of accused Harish Sharma and submit report on the next date of hearing on April 12, 2012," the judge said.
Rahul Mahajan, along with Harish Sharma, Sahil Zaroo, Nigerian nationals Abdul Latif Ashola alias Mohd Abdullah, Egbedokun James Taiwo and others are facing trial under the
IPC and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for their alleged roles in the case.
The court deferred the hearing to April 12 as it was yet to receive the main case file, which was sent to the Delhi High Court earlier.
Rahul Mahajan is accused of consuming and distributing drugs at the official residence of his slain father in a late night party on June 2, 2006.

Rahul, along with his late father's secretary Vivek Moitra, was admitted to Apollo Hospital here in the wee hours of June 2, 2006 after allegedly consuming drugs. Moitra had died later in the hospital.
The trial in the case was stalled earlier for over two years as the High Court had summoned the Sessions Court documents to adjudicate revision petitions of Rahul and others challenging the framing of charges against them.
The accused had moved the High Court contending they had been unduly charged under harsher provisions of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. On the other hand, police had claimed they were booked under rather milder sections of the Act.