Drugs on cruise case: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha are to remain in custody till October 7 as per the court order. They were produced in a magistrate court in Mumbai in connection with their alleged involvement in the cruise ship rave party case. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sought further custody of the three accused.
The drug control agency has alleged that ‘shocking incriminating material’ was found against the three accused. They were arrested on Sunday. The NCB conducted a raid at a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on Saturday night. The accused persons were to stay in Police remand till Monday.
Mumbai court remands Aryan Khan, son of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two others to NCB custody till October 7 in drugs case
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) October 4, 2021
The NCB informed the court that they found incriminating material against the trio in form of WhatsApp chats. The chats allegedly showed a “nexus with peddlers and suppliers on regular basis.” Aryan and the other two persons have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The charges are related to the consumption and possession of illegal substances.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer reportedly argued in court that Khan was not associated with the organisers of the event on the cruise ship and was just a guest. He also claimed that no contraband was found on Aryan. On the direction of the judge, he settled for Aryan Khan to stay in one-day police custody for the sake of investigation. The counsel for NCB, Advait Sethna also agreed that the offences against Khan and others are bailable. He added, “People may have their own status but the law and yardsticks should be applicable for everyone and we should not be accused of pick and choose.”
During the raid of Saturday night, the NCB reportedly recovered five grams of mephedrone, 13 grams of cocaine, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) among other illegal substances.