On Wednesday, a special narcotics and psychotropic substances (NDPS) court denied bail for Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan. NDPS Special Judge VV Patil also rejected bail requests filed by Arya’s friend Arbaaz Merchant and model Munmun Dhamecha. The trio were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC) in connection with the October 2 cruise drug seizure.
A team of NCB officials led by the agency’s Mumbai area manager Sameer Wankhede acted on specific intelligence and searched some passengers who were scheduled to take a Cordellia cruise to Goa from the cruise terminal. Green Gate International in Mumbai. Their rooms reserved on the cruise ship were also searched.
The agency claimed to have seized several drugs such as 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of mephedrone, 21 grams of Charas and 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) and ??1.33 lakh in cash from the cruise.
14 people were intercepted and after hours of questioning Aryan, Arbaaz, 26, 23, and Dhamecha, 39, were placed under arrest on the afternoon of October 3. The trio seized the NDPS special tribunal after a metropolitan magistrate in October. 10 rejected their bail requests, deeming them untenable before him.
NCB opposed Aryan’s bail request, saying he was in contact with someone overseas who appeared to be part of an international drug trafficking ring. The agency also claimed there was enough material in the form of pictures, WhatsApp chats to show the 23-year-old was part of an illicit drug chain.
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The agency also argued that Aryan’s case could not be separated from the others, of which an independent seizure of contraband in commercial quantities was made, as “all the defendants were part of an illicit drug chain”. It was alleged that Aryan Khan had been a regular smuggler for a few years and 6 grams of Charas, allegedly found on Arbaaz, were intended for the duo’s consumption.
On behalf of Aryan Khan it has been argued that without any stretch of the imagination the boy cannot be considered to be involved in illicit drug trafficking or international drug racketeering and that he cannot be linked to none of the seizures made by the NCB. His lawyer added that even though it was admitted that Aryan was a consumer, the charge carried a maximum sentence of one year and he therefore deserved to be released on bail.