New Delhi: The Bombay High Court has resumed hearing on the bail plea of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in connection with his arrest in the Mumbai drugs-on-cruise case on Tuesday.
Former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Aryan Khan, in his argument said that Khan was ‘wrongly’ arrested as there was no recovery of drugs on him, as well as there is no evidence that proves that he had consumed the alleged drugs.
“As there was no recovery no consumption, I say that I’m (Aryan Khan) arrested wrongly. What is put against me is that accused 2 (Arbaz Merchant) came with me and was having something with him. So I am charged with conscious possession of drugs,” former AGI Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Aryan Khan at Bombay High Court.
“How can I be charged with conscious possession if someone carried something in his shoes?,” Rohatgi argued, and said, “Second thing put against me(Aryan), is imp-that many othres were found with some amount of drugs so they allege that there was a general conspiracy.They’re not charging me with consumption/possession but with conspiracy&conspiracy not with accused 2 but others.”
“6 gms of Charas was recorded from Accused Number 2 (Arbaz Merchant), and I (Aryan) have no relation with him except for arriving with him there. There was no recovery. There was no proof of consumption,” former AGI Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Aryan Khan said on Tuesday.
Ex AGI said that Aryan was invited as a special guest at the cruise by Pratik Gaba. He added that Aryan Khan was arrested on 3rd October. His statement was recorded under NDPS Act Section 67, which was retracted the next day. “We have raised this issue in the Supreme Court,” Rohatgi said.
“He (Aryan Khan) was invited to the cruise as a special guest. He was invited by one Pratik Gaba. He was like an organiser. He invited accused 1 Aryan and accused 2 Arbaz Merchant. Both were invited by same person. They both landed up together at cruise terminal,” Rohatgi said.
He added that he had received a copy of the NCB’s reply on the bail plea this afternoon, and has filed a rejoinder.
“It appears that NCB had some prior information that people on this cruise were having drugs so they were present in a certain strength,” says former AGI Mukul Rohatgi.
The High Court on October 21 had adjourned the bail hearing of Aryan Khan and other accused in the case. Aryan Khan’s request for bail has been denied bail twice on the grounds that he was indulging in “illicit drug activities on a regular basis”. Mukul Rohtagi, former Attorney General of India, will represent Aryan Khan in court.
NCB Questions Ananya Pandey
The NCB is investigating the drugs case in which it had also summoned Bollywood actress Ananya Pandey for questioning on Thursday. This was preceded by a raid at her Bandra residence and seized her laptop and mobile phone. The actress was also grilled by the anti-drugs agency on Friday. Ananya is being questioned after her name cropped up in certain WhatsApp chats of Aryan where the accused had asked the actress if she could arrange ganja (cannabis) for her to which she had replied, “I can arrange”.
Extortion Charges Against Sameer Wankhede
On Sunday, an independent witness in the Mumbai cruise drugs case alleged that Rs 25 crore had been demanded on behalf of Sameer Wankhede for the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has now ordered a vigilance inquiry into the claims made by a witness in the cruise drugs case of an extortion bid of Rs 25 crore by some agency officials, including its Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, and others for letting off accused Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan.
So far, 20 persons have been arrested by NCB in connection with the drug bust case. Before jail, Aryan also spend time in NCB custody. The NCB had earlier said it will oppose the bail of all accused in the case in the Bombay High Court.
On October 21, Shah Rukh Khan visited his son at Arthur Road jail Mumbai. The NCB had declared that it had seized 13-gm cocaine, 5-gm of MD, 22 MDMA pills, 21-gm charas and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash during a raid at the cruise ship of the Mumbai coast. The agency had reportedly said there was no recovery of drugs from Aryan Khan.