Mumbai/Actress: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was arrested and lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai in connection with a drugs case, had discussed about the drugs with a debutant actress during the Mumbai cruise party, reported India Today.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has submitted the WhatsApp chats of the discussion in the court, ahead of Aryan’s bail plea hearing.
Drugs-on-cruise case | Mumbai NCB says it has submitted WhatsApp chats of Aryan Khan in the court.
Police has found a drug related WhatsApp chats that are allegedly between Aryan Khan and a debut Actress: NCB
— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2021
The report by India Today said Aryan and the actress were apparently discussing drugs during the Mumbai cruise party on October 2. Moreover, Aryan Khan’s chats with some drug peddlers have also been submitted in the court.
A Mumbai special NDPS court had reserved its order on bail application of Aryan Khan till October 20.
After hearing heated arguments by the prosecution for the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the defence lawyers, Special Judge V.V. Patil kept his verdict on the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, who are among 20 nabbed so far in the sensational rave party raid of October 2, reserved till October 20.
After alleging that Aryan Khan was prima facie involved in “illicit drug trafficking, procuring and distribution of contraband”, and having links with some international persons, the NCB said he was a “regular consumer” of drugs.
It said that though no drugs were recovered from him, Aryan Khan was in “conscious possession” of the contraband as he is linked with Merchant, from whom 6 gms charas was found and Aachit Kumar from whom 2.6 gms ganja was recovered.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, representing the NCB, said that in Aryan Khan’s WhatsApp chats, there is a specific reference to bulk quantity and Aryan Khan is not a first-time consumer, and the evidence on record shows that he is taking drugs since the past few years.
Special Judge Patil also hinted that he would examine the allegedly incriminatory chats.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer, senior advocate Amit Desai rubbished the allegations as baseless and argued that there was no drugs recovery from him, nor did he have cash so he had no plans to purchase drugs, nor was he going to sell or consume them.
Desai urged that bail may be granted to Khan as it would not affect the NCB’s ongoing investigations, and said the agency was relying on certain alleged chats (“Lets have a blast”) without verifying them as there is nothing to suggest they have any connection with the current case.
Strongly opposing the bail pleas, the ASG said that the NCB will investigate how they are all connected to each other and establish a “conspiracy” and bail could be considered at an appropriate stage.
NCB’s Special Public Prosecutor Advait Sethna argued that the agency recovered 2.6 gms ganja from Kumar, who was nabbed after Khan’s statements, which points to a conspiracy, while citing precedents where bail was rejected for even much smaller quantity of drugs recovered from the accused.