Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was in tears during his conversation with top NCB man Sanjay Singh, who was heading the SIT in the drug racket case involving Aryan Khan. Singh has now shared the inside story with India Today magazine, revealing how he was blown away by the penetrating questions posed by Aryan Khan during the investigation. The NCB later acquitted Aryan of all charges.
Recalling his conversation with Aryan and his superstar father, Singh told the magazine that he was stumped by the ‘soul-searching questions’ from Aryan.
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Aryan, according to Singh, had asked him, “Sir, you have painted me as an international drug trafficker, that I finance drug trafficking — aren’t these charges absurd? They did not find any drugs on my person that day and yet they arrested me. Sir, you have done me great wrong and ruined my reputation. Why did I have to spend so many weeks in jail — did I really deserve it?”
Singh also revealed that he learned during the course of the probe that Shah Rukh wanted to meet him. Since he had already met the parents of other accused individuals in the case, he agreed to meet the Bollywood superstar, reported India Today magazine in its cover story.
Shah Rukh reportedly broke down as he shared the mental agony that his son has been going through since his release from the jail. “We have been painted as some kind of big criminals or monsters who are out to destroy society and we find going to work tough every day,” Shah Rukh told the NCB officer with eyes welling up in tears.
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Aryan had to spend nearly a month in jail after a rogue NCB officer, Sameer Wankhede, arrested the Shah Rukh’s son from a Goa-bound cruise ship. Indian TV channels, widely addressed as TV criminals, left no stone unturned in amplifying the unfounded charges against Aryan Khan.
The NCB gave Aryan a clean chit on 28 May. Though the Indian government had vowed to take punitive action against Wankhede, no such apology was ever made from India’s TV criminals for ruining the life of an innocent young man.