Court extends NCB custody of Aryan Khan, 8 others till Oct 7
   Date :05-Oct-2021

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MUMBAI :
 
A LOCAL court on Monday extended till October 7 the NCB remand of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and two others in connection with the seizure of banned drugs from a cruise ship off the city coast, observing their further interrogation was required for investigation which is of prime importance. The trio was produced before the court after the end of their one-day custody given to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday. The NCB had arrested them after raiding the Goa-bound ship. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar also remanded to NCB custody till October 7, the six other accused who were arrested in the case late Sunday night and produced in the court on Monday. The court, in its order, noted that the investigation in the case was of prime importance and considering this aspect, the further presence of the accused before the NCB was necessary. “The fact is that the co-accused in the case were found in possession of intermediate drugs and these three accused (Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha) were accompanying them.
 
“Investigation is of prime importance and presence of the accused is needed for detailed investigation. It is useful for both the prosecution and the accused to prove their innocence,” the court said. Aryan Khan (23) and the two others – Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant - were arrested on Sunday evening and produced before a special holiday court on Sunday that remanded them to NCB custody till Monday. Six others – Nupur Satija, Ishmeet Chadha, Mohak Jaiswal, Gomit Chopra, Vikrant Chhokar and a drug supplier from suburban Juhu (name not disclosed) - were arrested later. The court, while remanding them to NCB custody, noted that prima facie, a case has been made out against them and hence their interrogation is required. The NCB on Monday arrested Shreyas Nair, who has alleged links with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan, from Goregaon in a drugs case. Opposing extension of custody sought by the NCB, Aryan Khan’s advocate Satish Maneshinde argued that his client had no criminal antecedents. Aryan Khan had shown good conduct by not running away from NCB officers when the raid was being conducted and allowed them to search him, the advocate argued. Maneshinde claimed no drugs were recovered from Aryan Khan’s possession. “Raids are going on now.
 
Shocking and incriminating material recovered in WhatsApp chats of the accused shows international drug trafficking,” the NCB counsel argued. “Accused Aryan Khan, in the WhatsApp chats, is discussing modes of payment to be done for procurement (of drugs). Several code names are being used. All the accused persons have to be confronted with each other. The international transactions need to be investigated,” he said. Singh said the NCB has arrested a supplier from suburban Juhu and found a commercial quantity of drugs from him. Singh said while the sections under which the accused have been booked are bailable, the court has to consider the purpose of the NDPS Act which is to remove the drug menace from the society, while hearing remand applications or granting bail. “One cannot say that just because he or she is found with a small quantity, they are entitled to bail. Consuming drugs has nowadays become very common with even college-going kids consuming them. The accused here are high profile persons who are considered as role models by regular persons,” the NCB counsel argued. Maneshinde argued his client Aryan Khan was invited to the cruise along with his friend Merchant and that he had not paid any money to get on the ship. He refuted the NCB claims that Aryan Khan had consumed drugs even when he was abroad. “During the entire period of his (Aryan) stay abroad, he has not been involved in any trafficking, supply or distribution of drugs,” Maneshinde said.