MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan has been questioned after a drug case on board a Mumbai cruise.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) questioned Aryan Khan, his friend Arbaaz Merchant and six others in the Mumbai drug bust case on a cruise ship. According to Indian media, the suspects were detained in the case and could be arrested after the recording of their statement.
The NCB is questioning Aryan Khan in connection with the rave party that was busted on Saturday night after officials raided a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Aryan Khan has not been booked on any charges and has not been arrested so far, Sameer Wankhede, Zonal Director of NCB, told India media.
The NCB has also summoned six of the organisers who had planned the cruise party. Aryan Khan has not been arrested or booked in connection with the case so far.
Aryan Khan’s phone has been seized and is being scanned by the authorities to check for any indication of his involvement in the possession or consumption of drugs. The narcotics bureau is investigating the chats received on the phones that have been seized from the drug bust.
Aryan Khan is Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s eldest son. The couple also have a daughter, Suhana Khan, and another son, AbRam.
Three girls who had arrived from Delhi to join the cruise party were also detained and are being questioned. These include the daughters of some prominent businessmen.
Directo-General NCB said detailed information on the incident would be sent to the shipping ministry. He said the NCB had received information about the rave party about 15 days ago.
In a statement, NCB said drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, mephedrone and charas were recovered from the cruise and a case had been registered. The agency said eight people, including two women, were apprehended and their role was being investigated. Jurgen Bailom, president and CEO of Cordelia Cruises, confirmed that the narcotics department found drugs in some passengers’ luggage.
On Saturday night, the NCB raided a cruise ship in Mumbai that was departing for a three-day ‘musical voyage’ with people from Bollywood, fashion and the business sectors.
The raid was conducted following a tip-off that banned drugs were being used. NCB officials boarded the ship disguised as passengers. The rave party began once the cruise left the coast of Mumbai and reached mid-sea.