NEW DELHI: Aryan Khan and all other accused in the drugs-on-cruise case are connected and their roles cannot be separated, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said. The NCB said that the material collected during investigation primarily revealed that Khan had played a role with respect to illicit procurement and distribution of contraband.
“There is material on record to show that Khan was in touch with some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an international drug network for illicit procurement of drugs. The investigation is still in progress,” the NCB response said. today in a reply shortly before Shah Rukh Khan’s son’s bail request was taken up by a court in Mumbai.
Aryan Khan – Accused No. 1 for the NCB – sourced drugs and was in touch with “some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an International Drug Network for illicit procurement of drugs”, the anti-drugs agency said in the statement. The probe so far has revealed his role in the conspiracy and illicit procurement and consumption of drugs, it added.
All those arrested “are inextricably connected with each other” and “it is not possible to dissect the role, involvement of one accused from that of the other”, said the NCB. “The ingredients of conspiracy are clear and evident,” said the agency, also adding that “one of the applicants cannot be considered in isolation”.
No drugs were found on Aryan Khan when the anti-drugs agency’s officers raided a Mumbai cruise ship party in disguise on October 3. But the NCB says that does not determines his role.
“Even though from some accused persons there is no recovery or recovery of small quantity of contraband, the participation by acts and omissions of such persons who have acted in concert, conspiracy in the commission of offences forms the basis of this investigation,” said the statement.
The situation was such that “the quantum of recovery from an individual accused becomes inconsequential”.
Aryan Khan, 23, was arrested along with his friend Arbaaz Merchant and six others after the ship drugs raid.
His lawyers were seeking bail but repeatedly stressed that no drugs were found on him, but the agency says it has evidence that he used to source them.
The NCB says, “Accused no 1 has a role in so far as illicit procurement and distribution of contraband is concerned… It is prima facie revealed that Aryan Khan used to procure contraband from Accused no 2 (Arbaaz). And sourced connected to Accused no 2 from whose conscious possession (shoes) 6 grams of charas was recovered. Aryan and Arbaaz have been associated in close collaboration.”