NCB says 'incriminating evidence' against Aryan Khan, gets custody till 7 October
- EP News Service
- Oct 04, 2021
MUMBAI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan and two others Arbaaz Merchantt and Munmun Dhamecha have been sent to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) custody till 7 October in the case of alleged seizure of drugs onboard a Mumbai luxury cruise on Saturday.
While extending the custody of Khan and seven others Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar said that the investigation was of prime importance and it needed to be carried out. He said that a proper investigation will benefit both the accused and the investigator.
Asking for the custody of the accused till October 11, the NCB told the court that they had so far unearthed 'shocking and incriminating' material through WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan, and two others and prima facie it appeared that it involved international drug trafficking racket.
Khan's advocate Satish Maneshinde opposed the extension of the custody arguing that his client had no criminal antecedents and claimed no drugs were recovered from his client's possession.
'The fact is that the co-accused in the case was found in possession of intermediate drugs and the three accused (Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha) were accompanying them.
The court however noted, "The fact is that the co-accused in the case was found in possession of intermediate drugs and the three accused (Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha) were accompanying them. Thus investigation is of prime importance and the presence of the accused is needed for detailed investigation. It is useful for both the prosecution and the accused to prove their innocence.'
In a late Saturday evening crackdown, the NCB had raided a party going onboard a cruise ship Cordelia cruise liner's Empress ship off the Mumbai port and apart from seizing illegal drugs such as cocaine, hashish, charas, Mephedrone and Ecstasy, and they recovered over Rs 1.5 lakh in cash.
Aryan and others were been booked under sections 8(C) read with 20, 35 and 27 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Earlier, he and others were sent to custody till 4 October and were produced before the court after the end of their one-day custody given to the NCB on Sunday.