MUMBAI: Aryan Khan, the 23 year old son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was arrested in the cruise ship drugs case last evening, has to stay in custody for a longer period, the anti drugs agency Narcotics Control Bureau told the court today. The agency said they need him in custody till October 11 to question him. It added that ‘shocking, incriminating material’ was found on his phone.
The agency told the court, “Unless we investigate the consumer, how do we know who is the supplier, who is financing it?” The Bombay High Court has said all offences under NDPS are non-bailable, their lawyer contended.
“Links in the form of chats etc. show the involvement of international cartels. It is a group of persons, like a gang,” the agency’s lawyer told the court.
“We have also raided the supplier and found commercial quantities in his Juhu residence. We have found some code names in his chat and we have to decode that. There are links of bank and cash transfers which we need to verify,” he said. The agency, he added, needs to “decode the conspiracy”.
The drugs were recovered from suspects who had concealed them in their clothes, undergarments and purses, said by NCB. According to officials, the party started after the ship left Mumbai.
The high profile raid on Sunday yielded 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA and 5 grams of MD in all, the NCB has said. The charges brought against Aryan Khan include purchase, possession and use of banned substances, it added.
After a long round of questioning, Aryan Khan was arrested by the NCB on October 3. Aryan was booked under Sections 8(c), 20(b), 27 and 35 of the NDPS Act.
Satish Maneshinde, who represented Aryan Khan said no substance seized from his client is in contravention of the NDPS Act. “If any substance is seized from any other person, that doesn’t make any ground to take my client into custody,” he said.
Apart from Aryan, Arbaaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were also arrested. Five others have also been arrested- Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra.
On Sunday night, October 3, Salman Khan was spotted arriving at Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow, Mannat, in Bandstand, Mumbai. This was a friendly visit after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) detained and arrested SRK’s son Aryan Khan earlier in the day. Aryan’s arrest was in connection with the drug bust on Cordelia Cruises’ Empress ship that took place on Saturday night.
It was a late night surprise visit for Salman Khan, who decided to land up at Mannat and meet his friend Shah Rukh Khan. Salman, who just returned from Austria after wrapping up a long schedule for the next film, Tiger 3, was keeping a close watch on the developments surrounding SRK’s son Aryan Khan’s detainment and subsequent arrest by NCB officials.
However, there was no discussion about work or anything professional on Sunday night. Salman’s visit was purely personal. Apart from Salman, SRK got calls and messages from several big Bollywood stars expressing their concern and support for the actor.