Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, along with others will be produced before a court in Mumba today for bail plea in connection with an alleged drugs case filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Aryan along with Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were detained and then arrested by the NCB after it raided a cruise ship off Mumbai coast on a tip-off.
On October 4, a local court in Mumbai extended Aryan and two others custody till October 7. On Thursday, Satish Maneshinde, Aryan’s lawyer, will apply for bail again.
The NCB detained the trio on Sunday and produced them in front of a Mumbai court on Monday, at the end of their one-day custody, where the agency asked for an extension on remand stating that further questioning was needed for the probe. It had requested for a 9-day extension on the trio’s custody. However, the court extended the custody till October 7.
The anti-drugs agency had told the court that “shocking incriminating material” was found on Aryan’s WhatsApp chats and phone which was seized after the arrest.
Meanwhile, Aryan’s counsellor Maneshinde pointed out that nothing was found on his client except his phone. “Nothing incriminating was recovered from Aryan Khan except his mobile phone. His friend (Merchant) was arrested because he had six grams of charas (hashish), but that has nothing to do with my client (Aryan),” Maneshinde argued.
During the heated argument, Maneshinde had said that “it was not as if Aryan Khan was selling drugs on the ship, if he wants, he can buy the ship.” The NCB has booked Aryan and the other two under several sections of the NDPS Act.
The NCB so far has arrested 16 people in the matter, with NCB (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) zonal director Sameer Wankhede on Wednesday saying that they had uncovered links to Bitcoin and were waiting for more details.
Apart from court battle, there’s also a heated blame-game going on between the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party), which is part of the three-party ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance, and the anti-drugs agency, with the former slamming the investigation as “fake”.
The NCP has alleged involvement of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), claiming that “no drugs were found” from the scene. The party has also questioned the involvement of two non-NCB persons who were present during the alleged raid. However, both, NCB and BJP have denied the accusations.