Mumbai Drugs Case: NCB Gets Custody of Aryan Khan, 2 Others Till 4 October
Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan & 7 others were questioned by the NCB after a raid on a passenger cruise.
The Narcotics Control Bureau has sought custody of Aryan Khan and two others till 11 October during a remand hearing on Monday.
Earlier, a team of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers conducted a search at the cruise ship in Mumbai where drugs were allegedly seized and took eight more people into custody, as per a report by ANI.
On Sunday, a Mumbai court remanded Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha to NCB custody till 4 October after they were arrested in the drugs case.
The arrests were made after the agency conducted raids at a party on the cruise ship on Saturday night.
The three were earlier taken taken for a medical check-up at Mumbai's JJ Hospital after their statements were recorded.
Five other people - Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra and Vikrant Chhokar - were also arrested and will be produced before a court on Monday after their medical examination, the NCB said.
NCB sources told The Quint that drugs were consumed at the party.
What the NCB Said in the Court
During the court hearing, the NCB stated that WhatsApp chats have been recovered from the accused, which are currently under investigation. The agency added that banned substances have also been recovered, and they are trying to establish the source of the drugs.
According to the arrest memo accessed by The Quint, Aryan Khan has been accused of "involvement of consumption, sell and purchase of contraband punishable under NDPS Act, 1985, with other known and unknown persons for contravention..."
The NCB, in the arrest memo also stated that it has seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA( ecstasy) and 1.33 lakhs in cash.
Acting in an Impartial Manner: NCB Chief
Speaking about the raid, NCB chief SN Pradhan had told ANI: "It’s a result of a painstaking investigation that went on for two weeks. We acted on specific intelligence inputs and involvement of some Bollywood links has come to light".
The NCB chief also told the publication that the agency is acting on an 'impartial manner'.
"During investigation, if some connections to Bollywood or rich people emerge, so be it. We have to act within the purview of the law", Pradhan told ANI.
Pradhan further said that there have been more than 300 raids in Mumbai in the past one year.
"We have to keep on working in Mumbai. If you look at the data, there must have been more than 300 raids in the last one year. This will continue, whether foreign nationals the film industry or rich people are involved", SN Pradhan stated, adding, "We took action when inputs suggested that drugs like charas and MDMA were carried for consumption at the party".
Cordelia Cruises Denies Involvement
Cordelia Cruises have said that they are in no way directly or indirectly connected with the raid that was conducted by the Narcotics Control Bureau, as per a report by ANI.
The NCB team had raided the Goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship. Following the FIR registered by the agency, Jurgen Bailom, President and CEO of the firm, issued a statement saying that the company will extend full support to the authorities.
"Cordelia Cruises is extremely mindful of providing wholesome entertainment to families who choose to travel with us. This incident is contrarian and far from the culture that Cordelia Cruises represents. We, at Cordelia Cruises, condemn all acts such as these and will strictly refrain from letting our ship out for similar events in the future. Nonetheless, Cordelia Cruises is extending our full support and cooperating with the authorities", the statement read.
Rhea Chakraborty's Lawyer Satish Maneshinde Represents Aryan
Criminal counsel Satish Maneshinde is representing Aryan Khan in the case.
Maneshinde represented Rhea Chakraborty too in a drugs case in 2020 after the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He also defended Sanjay Dutt in the Mumbai blast case.
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