Mumbai, Nov. 20 -- A special holiday court on Thursday granted bail to Australian national Paul Bartel, who was held in connection with the drug trail linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had arrested Bartel on Friday alleging that he was in touch with arrested accused and alleged drug supplier Agisilaos Demetriades, a South African national and brother of actor Arjun Rampal's partner Gabriella.

On Thursday, Bartel's lawyers Abad Ponda and Subhash Jadhav contended that the agency has no evidence to link him to the drug trail. The agency relied on Bartel's chat with two other accused - Demetriades and Nikhil Saldahna - and claimed that Bartel is a drug supplier.

The court, however, noted, "Taking...