In the Aryan Khan drug case, NCB is arguing hard on no bail for Aryan. On Wednesday, Aryan’s lawyers argued in the court that he was not found in possession of drugs, and hence, should be granted bail. Meanwhile, NCB has asserted on the fact that Aryan yields influence, and hence, can tamper evidence. It’s been about 2 weeks since Aryan Khan was arrested from a Goa-bound cruise ship. Since 9 days, Aryan has spent his days under judicial custody.
If 2020 was the year of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death due to drug abuse and Rhea Chakraborty’s alleged involvement in the matter, 2021 will be the year of Aryan Khan’s involvement in drug abuse. The 23-year-old was arrested on October 2 by the NCB after it conducted a raid on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai. Since then, the son of the biggest Bollywood celebrity is under judicial custody with no signs of respite.
The Facts of the Matter
On October 13, the NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) argued that Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan “indulged in illicit drug trafficking” and was part of a larger nexus involved in drug trafficking. Meanwhile, Aryan Khan’s defense team stayed on its original defence strategy and claimed that Khan was “not present” on the ship, carried no cash to buy drugs and wasn’t in possession of drugs.
The Mumbai High Court was hearing both NCB and Khan’s lawyers in the drug case. This was the consecutively the second day since the court was hearing both the sides. After hearing both the sides, the court concluded that the matter will be heard tomorrow as well.
What Aryan Khan’s Defence Said
In the court, Aryan’s lawyer Amit Desai spoke in favour of a bail. The lawyer argued that Aryan was not in possession of cash to buy drugs nor did he have substances that he sold or consume. He further added that in NCB’s response on October 13, there was nothing new. Further the star kid’s lawyer argued that the law must be “reformative” and that the 23-year-old is not a peddler and has “suffered enough”.
“Aryan did not have cash to buy drugs. Aryan did not have substance to sell and Aryan did not have substance to consume.” The lawyer stated that no drugs were found with Aryan and asked, “Where is the conspiracy?” Khan’s lawyer argued.
Further, in response to NCB’s allegations on Aryan involved in drug trafficking, Desai reiterated that since there was no recovery of drugs made, he must not be charged with illicit trafficking charges. Mr. Desai argued, “There is no recovery against him, and they are saying there is recovery from Dhamecha and Gomit etc. Nothing from this boy, he was not even on the cruise and they say illicit trafficking.”
What Narcotics Control Bureau Argued?
Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh appeared for NCB. ASG Singh claimed that Khan cannot be given bail on the grounds that no drugs were recovered from him. In its argument, NCB claimed that Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant were both in contact with drug peddlers. Further the NCB claimed that the whole matter was of a conspiracy and there are as many as 20 accused.
ASG Singh in his argument said, “In a case of conspiracy, it is not like the day he was arrested, we knew it was conspiracy. We added that in the third remand. There are 20 accused and out of them there are peddlers and there is evidence of Khan and Merchant talking to them.”
Where’s the Case Now?
The case will be taken up by the Mumbai Court tomorrow, October 14. Meanwhile, the court will hear the plea of other accused – Mohak Jaswal, Aachit Kumar and Nupur Satija on October 20. Aryan Khan was first remanded to the NCB till October 4. The date was further extended to October 7. Since then, Khan has been spending his days in judicial custody.