Court extends NCB custody of Aryan Khan till Oct. 7

Counsel for SRK’s son says nothing was recovered from him

October 04, 2021 07:34 pm | Updated 07:37 pm IST - Mumbai

A magistrate court in Mumbai on Monday extended the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) custody of actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan , Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha till October 7. The court also sent five others arrested in the alleged drug racket busted on a cruise to NCB custody till October 7.

Mr Khan, 23, Mr. Merchant, 26 and Ms. Dhamecha, 39, were arrested on October 3 and produced in court. Additional Solicitor General appearing for NCB argued that the central agency has seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD (mephedrone), 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA (ecstasy) and ₹1,33,000 cash at the International Cruise Terminal, Mumbai.

He argued that the investigation reveals connections of the accused with the suppliers. In this connection, five others were also arrested. Mr. Singh said ‘shocking and incriminating’ material is found from Mr Khan’s mobile. He sought their custody till October 11, arguing, “Unless we investigate the consumer how do we know who the supplier is and who is financing it?”

However, advocate Satish Maneshinde representing Mr. Khan said nothing was recovered from him and whatever recovery was made, was from the ship. He contended no presumptions can show a nexus of him with the alleged crime.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R.M. Nirlekar said, “It is not disputed that as in the case of Rhea Chakraborty, all sections under Narcotics Drugs Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) are non-bailable. I am of the view that investigation is of prime importance. Considering this aspect, presence of the accused with NCB is necessary.” He then extended their NCB custody till October 7.

Other arrested accused — Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra — were also produced in court. Counsels for all these accused said allegations against them are vague and are made in a casual manner. They argued that the arrest of all the accused is illegal. NCB sought their custody till October 13. However, the court remanded them to NCB custody till October 7.

All of them are charged with sections 8 (c) - prohibition to produce, manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, transport, warehouse, use, consume, import inter-State, export inter-State, import into India, export from India or tran-ship any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance, 20 (b) - punishment for contravention in relation to cannabis plant and cannabis produces, manufactures, possesses, sells, purchases, transports, imports inter-State, exports inter-State or uses cannabis, 27 - punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance, 28 - punishment for attempts to commit offences and 29 punishment for abetment and criminal conspiracy read with 35 presumption of culpable mental state of the NDPS Act.

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