A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a high-level judicial enquiry into the mala fide style, approach and affairs of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at Mumbai and it’s officials targeting the film celebrities and few models since the past two years in connection with possession, sale and consumption of banned drugs.
Filed by Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari, the plea drew attention of the Court towards the protection of Fundamental and Human Rights of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was arrested from a Goa-bound ship on October 3 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 by NCB in Mumbai, for alleged consumption and sale of drugs.
It was further alleged that law enforcement agencies like NCB were abusing position and trying to deprive the basic human rights of a person accused under the NDPS Act and by misconstruing the provisions of the law, poor and innocent people were being put behind the bars.
The plea highlighted the case registered by NCB, Mumbai under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India, New Delhi, which was under the judicial cognisance of Special NDPS Court at Mumbai, in which few innocent people, including a 23-year-old boy Aryan Shah Rukh Khan, has been kept in jail for the past 17 nights, because of failure of Special Court in early disposal of their bail applications in the most unfortunate and highly filmy manner.
Accusing the NCB and its officials of ‘vendetta’ by targeting select celebrities, Tiwari demanded a probe into the role of the central narcotics agency and the official, whose wife is a well-known Marathi actor, in direct competition with the other stars and celebs being hounded.
“It is important to note that the charge that the NCB officer concerned is acting to take vendetta against select film celebrity and model because the fact is that
A) His wife is a well-known Marathi actor performing in Mumbai film industry.
B) Apparently, she has not been able to make it Big in Bollywood, so this ongoing NCB operation seems out of a personal vendetta only.
C) In the past 15-18 months, what motive for targeting only top film personalities, their families, national-international models, producers-directors, etc. Starting from the Sushant Singh Rajput death matter, the probe is totally diverted in an unrelated direction.
D) The alleged NCB seizures are miniscule Jokes, compared to Mumbai Police achievements, or the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which last month seized 3000 kg drugs from Mundra Port in Gujarat.
E) With recent shocking exposes on NCB made by Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik, it’s high time the NCB Mumbai and pan-India must be probed by an SC judge to unravel the rackets and the truth, added the plea.
Aryan is currently lodged in Arthur Road prison in central Mumbai in the case of alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship. Aryan, along with seven others, was detained and later arrested on October 3 after the NCB swooped on a luxury Goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship to bust an alleged rave party on October 2.