The great-grandson of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ness Wadia, has been sentenced for drugs possession while on a holiday to Japan, Hindustan Times reported.

According to reports, Wadia was arrested in early March at New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido; the entire episode, however, was kept under wraps until now.

Co-owner of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Kings XI Punjab and inheritor of one of India’s wealthiest business families, Wadia was arrested after a search revealed that he had about 25g of what appeared to be cannabis in his trouser pocket.


A court official told an Indian media outlet that Wadia admitted to possession, arguing that the drug was for his personal use. But Japan’s narcotics laws are strict and are currently being applied tightly.

Wadia spent a period in detention before his indictment on March 20 and an undisclosed period of detention before a court hearing.

A district court later handed him a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended for five years.

Ness Wadia is the heir to the 283-year-old Wadia Group. The total market valuation of its listed entities stand at around $13.1 billion.