No Bail For Aryan Khan, Will Spend The Weekend In Jail
The Narcotics Control Bureau detained Aryan Khan, 23, after a raid on a party aboard a cruise ship off the city's coast on Sunday night.
After being arrested in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case, Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, was denied bail. He'll spend the weekend in the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.
Mr Khan's bail application was "not maintainable," according to a Mumbai magistrate's court, which agreed with the Narcotics Control Bureau that since drugs were seized, the case should be heard by a Sessions Court.
Two additional defendants, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamechat had their bail applications denied by the court. To obtain redress, all three must now go to the Sessions Court.
The young star, from whom the NCB has admitted that no narcotics were retrieved, and the other accused are being held in Mumbai's Arthur Road jail and will be returned there soon. The NCB argued that releasing Aryan Khan would be detrimental to the case. He could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses, according to the agency. It further claimed that Aryan Khan and the others were "frequent contraband users."
"They are influential persons... is a chance of tampering with evidence. Had it been one person with small quantity, it would be different. We have a lot of material... protection like bail at this stage will hamper the investigation," Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said. The agency further stated that Aryan Khan must be challenged with those who have been arrested, alluding to Achit Kumar. Mr Kumar was arrested, according to the NCB, based on Mr Khan's statement. Mr Khan's lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, emphasised, however, that the NCB had not discovered drugs on his client's person or in his suitcases.
"...not a single piece of evidence to reveal or perpetrate any plot... no evidence has been found on me or in my suitcase... where is the evidence to prosecute? I can't be transported with them (other accused) because I haven't been detected in possession of anything "He was adamant. "I have been found with nothing. Not even one gram... one ounce... and so much capital is being made out of it..." he said, arguing the arrest was "based on what they found on his mobile".
"Nothing much has emerged in five days and that is because there is nothing. I am from a respectable family... not likely to abscond. Accused who they say (are) connected to me already in their custody," Mr Maneshinde added. He also pointed to previous pronouncements by the Supreme Court, which stated that the accused could be interrogated, investigated, and confronted with others even after being released on bond.
Mr Maneshinde also represented actor Rhea Chakraborty when she was detained by the NCB, even though no narcotics were found on her and the detention was based on WhatsApp conversations. Ms Chakraborty was released on bond, which Mr Maneshinde emphasised: "You cannot detain me unless you show material against me," he added.
Aryan Khan, 23, was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau after a Sunday night raid of a party being held on a cruise ship off the city's coast. He and seven others arrested at the time were initially sent to the agency's custody till Thursday and then to judicial custody.
"I am of the view that no custodial interrogation is required as sufficient time was given," the judge had said then, after which Mr Maneshinde moved the bail plea.