A Mumbai Sessions Court on Thursday reserved its order on the bail application of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, forcing the three to stay behind bars till October 20, for their alleged involvement in the sale and consumption of drugs.
The three were arrested on October 3 from Goa-bound Cordelia cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
The Mumbai Sessions court is going for a short vacation from October 15 to 19, on account of Dusshera. Aryan’s Advocate Amit Desai pleaded for the freedom of his client as against Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, who contended that everyone should have equal treatment before the law.
Special Judge V.V. Patil said he will try to give the order on October 20.
Aryan Khan – accused no 1 for the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) – allegedly “indulged in illicit drug trafficking” and was in touch with “some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an International Drug Network” to procure a “bulk quantity of hard drugs”, the anti-narcotics agency said in a statement to the court on Wednesday. The ASG representing the Central agency also referred to on-record statements to claim that Aryan has been consuming drugs for the past few years.
On the other hand, Desai told the court that Aryan was “not even on the cruise” raided by NCB officers on October 2, so the allegation of drug trafficking against him is “absurd”.