Aryan Khan, the son of actor Shah Rukh Khan, was brought before a local court in Mumbai on Monday for bail in a drug case. Khan, along with seven others, were arrested on Saturday after a Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC) raid on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai.
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The BCN brought Aryan Khan, his friends Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha to the Esplanade court on Monday afternoon after a medical examination. A doctor at JJ Hospital in Mumbai also took his swab for an RT-PCR test during the medical examination.
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the NCB, requested extended custody of Khan and his two friends. “We need the custody of the three accused to verify the facts and their links. In a society, young people are the most affected by the threat of drugs, ”he said.
Aryan Khan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde, however, said the BCN could not simply rely on WhatsApp chats and request extended custody. He said there are no documents on the file found of Khan or anyone related to him. Maneshinde had said earlier that his client was a guest on the cruise. “However, he did not have a boarding pass. There were no seats or cabins. Second, according to the seizure, nothing was found in his possession. He is arrested solely on the basis of discussions. “
An NCB team hosted a rave party on the cruise ship heading for Goa on the high seas on Saturday night. The raid was carried out after a denunciation, an NCB official said.
Eight people were arrested for questioning by the NCB in connection with the drug seizure on the cruise ship, according to NCB area manager Sameer Wankhede. All were arrested on Sunday.
The three defendants, including Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, were brought before the Mumbai Esplanade Court which sent them into custody by the NCB until October 4.
According to the BCN, three persons were registered under Articles 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of guilty mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act ( NDPS Law).
Article 8C of the NDPS Act refers to the prohibition on producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, buying, transporting, storing, using, consuming, importing interstate, exporting interstate, importing into India, exporting from India or tranship any narcotic or psychotropic substance while section 20B deals with penalties for the production, manufacture, possession, sale, purchase, transport, interstate imports, interstate exports or consumption of cannabis.