Aryan Khan gets bail: The Bombay High Court on Thursday evening granted bail to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, along with co-accused Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant, in the drugs-on-cruise case. The order comes following a three-day hearing in the top court and will be made available in detail tomorrow.
As per reports, the accused are to remain in jail overnight – Aryan and Merchant at Arthur Road Jail and Dhamecha at Byculla Women’s Jail. They were arrested on October 3 after officials from the anti-drugs agency Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) busted a party aboard a Mumbai-Goa cruise. Follow here.
Aryan and others will walk out of jail after over three weeks in detention. “For me, it is a regular case – to win some, to lose some. I am happy that he has got bail,” Mukul Rohatgi, former Attorney-General of India, who was representing Aryan in court said post the HC order.
Aryan, Dhamecha and Merchant were charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. A special NDPS court had rejected their bail pleas, challenging which the petitioners had approached HC. Justice NW Sambre was presiding over the hearing.
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Rohatgi argued in court that there was no material of conspiracy for which Aryan was held and the NCB sought his custody. “There were 1,300 people on cruise. I did not know anybody else except Arbaaz and Aachit,” he said on behalf of Aryan, challenging NCB’s claim of conspiracy saying it was only a coincidence.
The legal counsel for NCB said that the conspiracy was difficult to prove and the agency had submitted WhatsApp chats, purportedly belonging to Aryan. He was “connected with drug peddlers” and found in possession of drugs, they further argued.
A reference was made by NCB to actor Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik – who was arrested last year in a similar drugs case following actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death – to show that a person could be held liable for offence even without active possession.