On Thursday, a Mumbai court sent Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, along with seven others accused in the Mumbai cruise drug case, to fourteen days in judicial custody. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had sought an extension of its custody of the eight accused till October 11. However, this was not granted by the court.
When an accused is sent to judicial custody, the individual is usually kept in a prison and the process of securing bail becomes easier. But Aryan Khan, after leaving the court, was taken to the NCB office for the night.
WHY WAS ARYAN TAKEN TO NCB OFFICE?
The Covid-19 pandemic has added new rules and protocol for jail inmates. Now, jail authorities do not take in any accused after 6 pm without a fresh Covid-19 test report.
Since Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar pronounced his order at around 7 pm on Thursday, Aryan Khan and the seven others with him could not be sent to a prison in the city.
Aryan Khan being taken to the NCB office after the hearing on Thursday
Aryan Khan’s lawyer Satish Maneshine, hence, requested that his client be allowed to spend another night at the NCB office under the supervision of zonal director Sameer Wankhede, who had led the raid on the cruise ship.
Thus, Aryan Khan will spend one more night at the NCB office. However, he cannot be interrogated during this period. He has also been given permission by the magistrate to meet his family members.
On Friday, at 11 am, the bail applications of Aryan Khan and others accused in the case will be heard in a sessions court.
Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 after the NCB conducted a raid on the Cordelia Cruises’ Empress ship off the coast of Mumbai on Saturday night. A rave party was allegedly taking place on the ship and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son was on board. No drugs were found on him, as per an NCB official.
NCB sleuths said they seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash during the raid.
Seven others were arrested with Aryan Khan, namely Munmun Dhamecha, Arbaaz Merchant, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Gomit Chopra, Nupur Sarika, and Vikrant Chhokar. They were all presented in court on Thursday.
A total of 17 people have been arrested in the case so far.