India, Nov. 22 -- After the arrest of comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for alleged consumption of cannabis, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said drug addicts should be sent to rehabilitation centres and not jail.

Malik, who is Maharashtra's minority development minister asked if the central agency is protecting drug traffickers by giving them publicity by putting people of the film industry behind bars.

"The way NCB is arresting who consume drugs. They are addicts who should be sent to rehab, not jail. NCB's duty is to track down drug traffickers but no action is being taken against them. Is NCB protecting them by giving publicity, arresting drug addicts especially from film...