MUMBAI: A local court in Mumbai on Friday rejected a bail petition filed by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was detained by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with the alleged seizure of drugs from a Goa-bound cruise ship.
According to details, the court said his bail application was not maintainable. The two other young men who were arrested along with Aryan also had their bail petitions dismissed.
Aryan’s lawyer had argued that the 23-year-old was unlikely to flee the country if granted bail. He said no drugs had been found on Aryan and contested the NCB’s argument that he could tamper with evidence if granted bail.
On Thursday, Aryan Khan and seven other accused in the case were remanded in 14-day judicial custody by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RM Nerlikar. The court had rejected the NCB’s plea for their further custody for interrogation.
Besides Aryan Khan, his close friend Arbaaz Merchantt, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker and Gomit Chopra were arrested following the raid on the Goa-bound ship, owned by Cordelia Cruises.
Aryan was booked under sections 8(c), 20(b), 27 and 35 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Indian media quoted an NCB director who said that 18 people, including a Nigerian national, have been arrested in the case.
Earlier it was reported that Aryan became very emotional after meeting his father Shah Rukh Khan for the first time in custody. According to Times of India, Shah Rukh Khan sought NCB’s permission to meet with his son.
Sources have revealed that the he has been a consumer of drugs for the past four years. In addition, it was reported that he was crying “inconsolably” during NCB’s interrogation.