New Delhi: A Special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court in Mumbai will on Wednesday hear the bail plea of Aryan Khan, accused in Mumbai cruise drug bust case. On Monday, the court asked the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to file its reply on the morning of October 13 and argue in the same matter in the second half of the same day.
A Mumbai Magistrate court had on Thursday sent Aryan, son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and seven others to judicial custody for 14 days. On Friday, the Esplanade court rejected the bail plea of Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
A Brief Timeline Of The Case
October 3: Aryan and 7 others were officially placed under arrest. They were booked under sections 8c,20b,27 and 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
October 4: Mumbai court remanded Aryan Khan to NCB custody till October 7.
October 7: Mumbai court sent Aryan Khan, Arbaz Merchant and 6 others to judicial custody for 14 days in drugs seizure case.
October 8: Mumbai court denied bail to Aryan Khan saying the plea was not maintainable. It said Aryan Khan’s lawyer will have to approach the Sessions Court for bail.
October 10: Mumbai Special NDPS Court deferred the bail application hearing of Aryan Khan to October 13 after the Narcotics Control Bureau sought time to file its reply in the matter.
October 13: Next Hearing
Charges Against Those Arrested
A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals, have been arrested so far in the case related to the seizure of drugs following a raid at a party on the Cordelia cruise ship off the Mumbai coast on October 2.
The NCB has invoked four sections of the NDPS Act against those held in the drug bust case so far. These are:
8(c) – Producing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, purchasing, transporting, using, consuming, importing, exporting any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance
Section 20 (b) – Use of cannabis
Section 27 – Consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance.
Section 35 – Presumption of culpable mental state