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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Ex-India bowler on drugs charges
Maninder Singh
Mr Singh was a renowned spinner
Former India test cricketer Maninder Singh faces drugs charges in Delhi after being arrested with 1.5 grams of cocaine, police say.

Police raided Mr Singh's flat in the city on Tuesday and seized the cocaine, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

They say that another cricketer, Sayyam Siddique, was also arrested for possessing drugs during the raid.

Both were arrested under the 1985 Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Mr Bhagat said.

'Personal use'

Mr Singh admitted in a preliminary court hearing on Wednesday that he had used cocaine for 15 years.

He was granted bail in exchange for paying 50,000 rupees (about $1,200).

Police say they are now investigating whether Mr Singh kept the cocaine for his personal use or was involved in dealing.

Correspondents say that drug trafficking in India is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while consumption of illegal drugs has a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

Singh, a left-arm spinner, played 35 tests for India in the 1980s, along with 59 limited-overs internationals.

He is currently a radio and television cricket commentator.

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