The Mumbai cruise drug raid by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the next arrest of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, amongst others, in current days has generated fairly a buzz. As the federal investigation into the case progresses, a Mumbai court docket will on Thursday continue the hearing on bail purposes of Khan and different accused Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha. The court docket had on Wednesday adjourned the hearing after the NCB claimed to have discovered Aryan Khan’s hyperlinks with the illicit procurement and distribution of contraband.
What is the case all about?
The federal company on October 2 busted the alleged medication celebration on the Cordelia Cruise ship, which was on its means from Mumbai to Goa. The group seized 13 grams of cocaine, 21gm of Hashish, 22 capsules of MDMA, 5gm of MD, and 6 gm of charas. It has made as many as 20 arrests to date, together with two Nigerian nationals.
The particular Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court docket is hearing a plea for bail to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood famous person Shah Rukh Khan, and in addition the bail purposes of the opposite accused within the case – Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha.
NCB’s claims in court docket, to date
The NCB, in its reply filed on the particular court docket on Wednesday, additionally mentioned its investigation has revealed that the 23-year-old used to procure medication from Merchant, a detailed good friend of Aryan Khan who was additionally arrested after the raid on the cruise ship on October 2. “Investigation has revealed accused number 1 (Aryan Khan’s) role in the illicit procurement and distribution of contraband,” mentioned the NCB in its reply. In one other, the federal investigative company mentioned, “It is also revealed in the investigation that accused number 1 (Aryan) used to procure drugs from accused number 2 (Arbaaz) and people connected to Arbaaz.”
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Earlier, the central company accessed WhatsApp chats between Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant, and officers aware of the event mentioned that Merchant could have “shared some drugs” with Khan.
The NCB claimed on Wednesday that Aryan Khan and Arbaaz Merchant have been certainly collaborating collectively within the illicit distribution of medication. “Accused numbers 1 and 2 are associated and worked in close collaborations so the offences are attracted against them, especially section 29 of the NDPS Act (criminal conspiracy to commit an offence),” the reply added.
The NCB earlier revealed that these aboard the cruise ship initially deliberate to evade the safety test by trying to conceal the medication in personal belongings, together with footwear, socks, and even inside a sanitary serviette. Elaborating extra on this, the NCB mentioned on Wednesday that six grams of charas have been faraway from the footwear of accused quantity 2 (Arbaaz) in the course of the raid by the NCB.
Arguing for Aryan Khan’s bail plea, his counsel, senior advocate Amit Desai on Wednesday cited many verdicts associated to the seizure of a small variety of medication. As he claimed that his shopper was not even on the cruise and was apprehended as he was going to attend the celebration, Desai highlighted a couple of factors relating to the motive of legal guidelines, worldwide practices, and the like.
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Arguing for Aryan Khan, his lawyer mentioned on Wednesday that many international locations have made substances like hashish authorized and eliminated them from the schedule of harmful medication. They (the accused) are some younger youngsters they usually have “suffered enough” and discovered their classes if in any respect, Amit Desai mentioned, including that these youngsters shouldn’t be thought-about drug peddlers, racketeers, or traffickers because the time period ‘illicit drug trafficking’ may be very severe.
Aryan was being represented by advocate Satish Maneshinde in all earlier hearings. Earlier, the protection insisted that the NCB has no grounds to continue to hold the accused in custody since no medication have been recovered from the personal possession of Aryan Khan and that his WhatsApp chats solely consisted of messages about soccer and different associated stuff. However, Aryan Khan’s bail plea has been rejected thrice after he was arrested by the NCB on October 2. On October 7, he together with seven others have been despatched to 1-day judicial custody. A particular NDPS court docket is now hearing the bail plea.
Meanwhile, Maneshinde clarified on Wednesday that the majority of the principle argument on a part of Aryan Khan shall be carried forth by advocate Amit Desai from right here on out and that he’ll solely add something if required.