Elvish Yadav
Elvish Yadav, the social media influencer and winner of reality OTT show ‘Bigg Boss’ is an accused in the case | File photo

Snake venom case: Cop probing Elvish Yadav's role gets marching orders to police lines

Noida, Nov 6 (PTI) A sub-inspector of the Noida Police, who was investigating the snake venom case in which YouTuber Elvish Yadav is named as an accused, has been shunted, according to officials.

The sub-inspector, Sandeep Chaudhary, was the in-charge of Noida's Sector 49 police station and has been transferred to police lines.

"The station in-charge Sector-49, Noida, has been transferred to the Reserve Police Line due to his inability to effectively control crime within the police station area," a police spokesperson said on Sunday night.

Noida Police has lodged an FIR against six named persons, including Yadav, a social media influencer and winner of reality OTT show "Bigg Boss", for alleged use of snake venom at rave parties under provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the Indian Penal Code on November 3.

Five accused were arrested on November 3, while nine snakes, including five cobras, were rescued from a banquet hall, and 20 ml of suspected snake venom seized from their possession, according to police.

However, police said they were investigating the role of Yadav in the whole episode who was not found at the spot of the incident on November 3.

The 26-year-old YouTuber has refuted all charges against him and expressed willingness to cooperate in the police investigation.

The case was lodged on the complaint of an officer of animal rights group PFA (People For Animals). PFA chairperson and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi has accused Elvish Yadav of involvement in illegally selling snake venom and sought his immediate arrest.

On November 4, Yadav was briefly stopped for questioning by police in Rajasthan's Kota while he was travelling with his friends in a car but was let off soon.

The local police in Kota said it came to light that a case was registered against him in Noida, and therefore the Noida Police were contacted.

Noida Police officers confirmed to Rajasthan Police that the case was under investigation but Yadav was "not wanted", SHO Suket Police Station Vishnu Singh said. PTI

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