According to reports, the police have also arrested the party organizer, Vishesh Vijay Handa. He has been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. IPL players Rahul Sharma of
Rahul claimed that he was at Oak Woods Hotel in Juhu at that time but for a different party. His mother too has backed him saying Rahul has done no wrong. She said that Rahul had gone to attend a birthday party.
“I know I am innocent. If the test reports are positive, I will quit cricket,” Sharma said. “Those who know me, including my team-mates, know I have never even touched champagne after victories. It (detention) is a big thing.” Parnell said he had not even bothered to cover his face when the police called him since he knew he was clean.
“Rahul and I were invited to someone’s birthday. We reached there around 5pm. By 7pm, the police were there. Obviously, once we were inside, we were caught indoors,” Parnell said. “It is unfortunate we were there. But at the end of the day, it was just a simple case of being at the wrong place, at the wrong time. We weren’t aware of any drugs or that it was a rave.” Both said the person who invited them had befriended them during the last IPL season. “We speak with each other regularly,” Parnell said. “Our IPL matches have finished and it was our last day together.”