KARNATAKA

Bidapa case hearing adjourned

DUBAI: A court here has adjourned till July 27 hearing in the case of the Bangalore-based fashion designer Prasad Bidapa, who was arrested at the Dubai International Airport last month for allegedly possessing marijuana.

First hearing

This was the first court hearing for Mr. Bidapa. The proceedings lasted 12 minutes. If convicted, Bidapa could be imprisoned for up to four years. Officials at the Indian Consulate provided him with consular access earlier.

After Bidapa's arrest, his wife Judith had said the issue was not whether her husband smoked marijuana, but that he was found carrying it in a country which did not permit this. Judith said her husband was detained at Dubai Airport on June 11, ``apparently with a small quantity of marijuana that was allegedly found in his hand baggage.'' `

`He had gone to Dubai to sign a contract for an event there,'' she had said. — PTI

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