A Mumbai court on Monday granted the Narcotics Control Bureau the custody of Aryan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s son, till 7 October.
Khan was arrested along with seven other people from a Goa-bound cruise ship on Sunday.
According to the Bar and Bench website, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar noted in the order, “For the circumstances presented to me, it seems that the co-accused possess intermediate contraband and the present accused (Khan) accompanied them. Investigation is of prime importance. It will be essential for prosecution and accused to prove is innocent.”
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh had sought Aryan’s custody till 11 October. Shah Rukh Khan’s lawyer, Advocate Satish Maneshinde, had argued that Aryan was a special invitee on the cruise ship, adding that ‘the panchnama does not indicate anything seized from me except my mobile.’
“He was invited by the organizers of the party. No contraband was found on him, no boarding pass… According to them, there are various chats which implicate him,” Maneshinde was quoted by the Livelaw website.
The accused have been booked under Sections 8(c), 20(b), 27, 28, 29 and 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Other arrested along with Aryan were Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra.
Two NCB officials had reportedly boarded the Goa-bound ship disguising as passengers. They decided to carry out the raid after it became clear that banned substances were being used on the cruise. The NCB officials have reportedly recovered Ecstasy, Cocaine, MD (Mephedrone) and Charas.
The latest development comes days after the NCB arrested the brother of actor Arjun Rampal’s partner Gabriella in a drug case. Agisilaos Demetriades was also arrested from Goa.
The NCB had also arrested Rhea Chakraborty in the past in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who ended his life by suicide last year.
Netizens had taken dig at Shah Rukh Khan for poor parenting as they drew a parallel with India’s Olympic medallist, Neeraj Chopra.