Indian designer detained for drug offence

DUBAI — Bangalore-based fashion designer and stylist Prasad Bidapa has been detained in Dubai on charges of possessing narcotics. Indian Counsel-General Yash Sinha told Khaleej Times that the designer was detained by local authorities on June 11. "Yes he has been detained and we are aware of the case. We will take all possible steps in this respect."

By Prerna Suri

Published: Tue 14 Jun 2005, 10:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:58 PM

According to diplomatic sources, the Indian Consulate in Dubai is under tremendous pressure from New Delhi and from Karanataka Chief Minister Bharam Singh to secure Bidapa's release.

The flamboyant designer is credited with the discovery of several models, including supermodel Ugwala Raut, now the face of Chanel.

Dipika Govind, a Bangalore-based designer who knows Bidipa well, expressed shock over the incident.

"Its very common in the Indian fashion industry to use drugs, but I am quite shocked about Bidipa's arrest,” Dipika said.

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