Aryan Khan NCB update: The Bombay High Court Wednesday relieved actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, who was named in a drugs case earlier this year, from his mandated weekly visit to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office. The 24-year-old will, however, have to appear before a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case in Delhi whenever required.
Khan was one of multiple persons arrested in a case in October for drugs found on a cruise ship heading for Goa. He was granted bail after an almost three-week custody on October 28. The conditions for his bail required that Khan mark his attendance at NCB’s Mumbai office every Friday for three hours.
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The modification to Khan’s NCB appearance condition comes following a plea that was filed before the HC by his legal counsel. As per reports, the plea mentioned that with an SIT presiding over the case, Khan would mark attendance with them in Delhi.
An SIT of the NCB took over the drugs case in November to conduct a deeper investigation and trace back to other names that might have involvement with illegal activities with relation to drug possession, consumption or peddling.
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The drugs case involves six grams of charas (cannabis) found in the possession of Khan’s friend Arbaaz Merchant, when on October 2, NCB officials went undercover to bust a cruise party. Khan, the most high-profile name at the party, was arrested along with Merchant, model Munmun Dhamecha and others. Though no drugs were found on him, as per reports, NCB argued that Khan was in “conscious” possession of the charas found on his friend. More on the case here.
After a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court rejected his bail, Khan had moved Bombay High Court and was represented by the former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi.