Aryan Khan, the 23-year-old son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, was a special guest on the Cordelia cruise ship and had been checked twice, and no contraband had been found on him or any evidence of consumption, his lawyer told court where it was produced late Sunday night.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which has raised bailable charges against Aryan and two others, said there was material in the form of WhatsApp chats against the three, allegedly “showing links with hawkers and suppliers on a regular basis”.
After being arrested aboard the ship in the early hours of Sunday, Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant (26) and Munmun Dhamecha (39) were brought before the Additional Metropolitan District Court around 7 p.m. The BCN was granted one-day custody until 4 October.
Reconstructing the events on the cruise ship in court, Aryan lawyer Satish Maneshinde said Aryan was invited by the party’s organizers as a special guest.
“He had no ticket or boarding pass, no assigned seat or cabin number. He reached the pier to board and the authorities checked him. His luggage and that of his friends were also checked and nothing was found, ”Maneshinde told the court.
He said another search by BCN officials was carried out and nothing was found. He added that Aryan’s phone was subsequently examined and he was held for questioning based on discussions, both deleted and present.
“The prima facie case indicates that there is material in the form of WhatsApp chats showing the connection of these respondents (Aryans, merchants and dhamecha) to hawkers and vendors on a regular basis,” Special Prosecutor Advait Sethna said. to the court.
He added that the conversations were retrieved on the first day. The BCN submitted a log of the case, including the conversations, to the court for review.
“I don’t venture into the substance at all, I don’t say who is right, who is wrong. I only ask for reasonable custody of two days taking into account the circumstances and the amount of recovery, ”Sethna argued in court.
He said the BCN was raiding the city and apprehending others, including someone in the “supply chain”. The prosecutor also added that although the accused “may be fined” but requested custody, stating that there were prima facie “suspicious transactions constituting offenses under NDPS law”.
All three are counted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) on charges of possession, use and sale of illegal substances.
Maneshinde argued that breaches are subject to bail, but if he were to ask for a bond on Sunday, the NCB would ask for time to file a response. He said he was “ready to accept” that the agency was given custody of Aryan for a day. “I am not found in possession, confession of consumption, or contact with any other person,” Maneshinde said, adding that he would file a bail application in regular court on Monday.
Attorney Sartaj Shaikh representing Merchant and Damecha said the offenses were subject to bail and that the BCN had not clarified the exact role of the two in relation to the drug recoveries allegedly carried out.
Additional Metropolitan Magistrate RK Rajebhosale granted custody of the three men to the BCN until October 4. A bail application for Aryan and others is expected to be filed on Monday.