Indian media has been buzzing with all sorts of news ever since the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided the Mumbai cruise where they arrested Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood King, Shah Rukh Khan. They also arrested a few others from the drugs party.
As the investigation into the case is being carried out, a court in Mumbai will continue hearings on Khan’s and other accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha’s bail applications on Thursday. The NCB has claimed to have discovered Aryan Khan’s links to the criminal acquisition and distribution of contraband, therefore the court deferred the hearing on Wednesday.
What exactly happened?
On 2nd October, the NCB raided an alleged drug party on a cruise ship that was somewhere between Mumbai and Goa. The Narcotics team seized 13 grams of cocaine, 21gm of Hashish, 22 pills of MDMA, 5gm of MD, and 6 gm of charas from the accused.
They later arrested those accused in the case.
Here’s what NCB has to say about the case
NCB has claimed that the prime accused, Aryan Khan had been procuring drugs from his friend Merchant (who was also arrested at the raid) for quite some time. The twenty-three-year-old was also accused of having illicit ties for procurement and distribution of drugs.
The NCB previously reported that the accused on board the cruise liner planned to get through the security check by hiding the drugs in personal items like shoes, socks, and even a sanitary napkin. More specifically, the NCB announced on Wednesday that during the raid, six grams of charas was removed from the shoes of the accused, Arbaaz Merchant.
Aryan’s side of the story
To defend Aryan Khan, his counsel, Amit Desai argued that the son of King Khan was never even present at the cruise ship. He further claimed that junior Khan was expected to be there but he never made it to the party.
Desai even used international policies to defend his client. The senior advocate argued that many foreign countries had legalized the consumption of substances like cannabis and had removed them from the hazardous category. He further protested that the accused has been through enough already, and the charges against him are extremely serious, even though allegations haven’t been proved yet.
The latest update
Earlier Khan’s case was being handled by advocate Satish Maneshinde, but he recently announced that Amit Desai will continue the main arguments from here onwards.
So far, nothing has been proved against Aryan. His WhatsApp chats also contained nothing more than football conversations. Ever since his arrest by the NCB on October 3, Aryan Khan’s bail request has been denied three times. On October 7, he and seven others were placed in judicial custody for one day. The bail plea is currently being heard in a special narcotics court.
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