Mumbai, October 14
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was a regular consumer of drugs, the NCB told a special NDPS court here on Thursday while opposing his bail plea in connection with the alleged seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship.
Aryan (23), who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 3, will have to remain in jail for at least six more days as the court, after hearing arguments, posted the matter for orders on October 20.
Khan and two others – Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha – have sought bail from the court of Special Judge VV Patil for cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, appearing for NCB, claimed that there is evidence to show that Aryan Khan was a regular consumer of drugs for the past few years.
He also reiterated the conspiracy charge against Aryan based on his WhatsApp chat.
Since his arrest, the NCB has said that though nothing personally was recovered from him, Aryan’s WhatsApp chats revealed his links with drug peddlers.
The ASG further argued that the drugs were confiscated at the dock from the merchant, and were meant for consumption by both Aryan and him.
NCB has also been claiming that Aryan was in contact with members of an international drug racket.
The ASG said that the NCB is in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs to identify them.
Singh also referred to the High Court judgment in another case that if an accused is shown to be in contact with drug dealers, bail cannot be granted despite non-recovery of the drug.
Drug abuse is affecting the youth, and college going boys should not be considered for bail, NCB’s counsel said, adding that the future of the country depends on this generation.
“It was not in the mind of our freedom fighters. This is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha. The investigation is in the preliminary stage, it is not the stage of granting bail.”
Senior advocate Amit Desai, representing Aryan Khan, said the NCB was pointing to an international smuggling racket, but if the consumer states from where he has purchased the drugs, then “the chain is complete”.
He said the NCB itself had alleged that Aryan disclosed the name of another arrested accused, Achit Kumar. He said the agency may continue with the investigation, but the allegation against Aryan of being linked to an international racket is “inherently absurd and false”.
“I don’t think there can be a debate that the whole world is fighting the menace of drugs. We got our freedom and we should protect it and save the younger generation from the menace of drugs.
On Aryan’s WhatsApp chat, Desai said that today’s youth have different ways of expressing themselves which can be “torture” for the older generation.
Advocate Desai said the language may sound somewhat different than what is (expected) in the court and may create doubts.
“These are private moments that are being investigated. You can go ahead and investigate… but it has nothing to do with illegal behavior, illegal drug trafficking,” he said.
The lawyer said that Aryan Khan had lived abroad for some time and that many things are “legal” in other countries.
Earlier, Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested by the NCB on October 3, were denied bail by a magistrate’s court, stating that they would be in the case pending trial by a special NDPS court. cannot hear the petitions.
While Aryan and Merchant are lodged in Arthur Road Jail, Dhamecha is in the Byculla Women’s Jail in the city.
Acting on a tip-off that a rave party was scheduled on the ship off Mumbai coast, an NCB team led by its regional director Samir Wankhede raided the Goa-bound Cordelia Cruises on the evening of 2 October and allegedly drugged. confiscated. -PTI