Mumbai Drug Bust Case Updates: Aryan Khan was produced in court on Sunday evening
Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has been sent to custody till Thursday, October 7, a day after he and seven others in the cruise ship drugs case last evening off the coast of Mumbai by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
The anti-drugs agency NCB had sought longer custody of Aryan Khan. "Need him in custody till October 11 for questioning him," said the agency. "Unless we investigate the consumer how do we know who is the supplier, who is financing it?" the agency told the court, contending that an international cartel is apparently involved in the case.
The 23-year-old argued that he was a special invitee to the cruise ship and "cannot be roped in with the entire seizure in the case".
The high-profile raid on Sunday yielded 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of charas, 22 pills of MDMA and 5 grams of MD in all, the NCB has said. The charges brought against Aryan Khan include purchase, possession and use of banned substances, it added.
Here are the Highlights on Mumbai Drug Bust Case involving Aryan Khan:
Repelled by ''ghoulish epicaricacy'' of those ''witch-hunting'' Shah Rukh over son's arrest: Shashi Tharoor
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said he is repelled by the "ghoulish epicaricacy" of those "witch-hunting" actor Shah Rukh Khan over his son's arrest and urged people to have empathy in the matter.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan and the two others -- Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant -- were arrested Sunday evening in connection with the seizure of banned drugs onboard a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.
Referring to the brouhaha surrounding the development, Mr Tharoor said, "I am no fan of recreational drugs and haven't ever tried any, but I am repelled by the ghoulish epicaricacy displayed by those now witch-hunting @iamsrk on his son's arrest."
"Have some empathy, folks. The public glare is bad enough; no need to gleefully rub a 23yr old's face in it," the Lok Sabha MP said.
Other five accused are Nupur Satija , Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhokher and Gomit Chopra. Mr Chopra have also been sent to NCB custody till October 7.
Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the same case have also been sent to NCB custody till Thursday, October 7. They were in tears after judge passes order sending them to further custody
Shahrukh Khan's son Aryan Khan has been sent to NCB custody till Thursday, October 7
Nothing is recovered from me: Aryan Khan's lawyer in court
"Nothing is recovered from me. They have recovered WhatsApp chats from July 21 and even if I consume it's not under investigation in this case. There is no WhatsApp chat here, there is no recovery,"said Aryan Khan's lawyer
You had contact with those with drugs: Anti-drugs agency in court
"A person has been in regular touch with someone, it's not irrelevant to finding out who is behind this. Everybody does not keep drugs with themselves. You went with a group of persons found with drugs and you had contact with those giving you drugs," Anil Singh for NCB.
Aryan Khan argued "cannot be roped in with the entire seizure in the case"
Aryan Khan argued that he was a special invitee to the cruise ship and "cannot be roped in with the entire seizure in the case". "They say they have found conversation on the phone which leads them to international drug trade. In my entire stay aboard I was not involved any drug usage," said senior advocate Satish Manshinde, appearing for Aryan Khan.
Investigators' remand application is misleading: Aryan Khan's lawyer
"The remand application is misleading," said Aryan Khan's lawyer
Drugs were hidden in clothes, undergarments and purses,
The drugs were recovered from suspects who had concealed them in their clothes, undergarments and purses, reported news agency Press Trust of India, quoting an unnamed official of the Narcotics Control Bureau. Besides Aryan Khan, seven others were arrested shortly after the drugs-control team boarded the Goa-bound ship, disguised as passengers. According to officials, the party started after the ship left Mumbai.
Charges against Aryan Khan
Aryan Khan has been accused of purchase, possession and use of banned substances, the agency has said. He was also seen in a viral video on social media allegedly shot after the raids.
Transactions do not amount to financing: Aryan Khan's lawyer
"Argument is being made that my client is involved in international drug trade. The Allegation is that I was making payment so I am financing. Financing is not defined under the act. It is described in the dictionary. Transactions do not amount to financing,"said Aryan Khan's lawyer in court
"My learned friend is trying to say the entire seizure of total quantity is commercial quantity and use that against my client," said Aryan Khan's lawyer.
"No substantial evidence to suggest accused is a peddler or supplier": Aryan Khan's lawyer
"There is no substantial evidence to suggest accused is a peddler or supplier," said Aryan Khan's lawyer in court.
There is no seizure: Aryan Khan's lawyer in court
One of the grounds for asking my custody is seizure of commercial quantity from other accused. Merely a contention that drug has been purchased from same seller does not mean conspiracy, said Aryan Khan's lawyer Satish Manshinde.
"If they have found a chat on my mobile phone at the best they can say I was in contact with him but there is no seizure. A case has been made on WhatsApp chats which suggests my involvement," he added.
Investigators Seek Longer Custody Of Aryan Khan
The agency told the court today that they need him in custody till October 11 and question him.
"Unless we investigate the consumer how do we know who is the supplier, who is financing it?" the agency told the court, contending that an international cartel is apparently involved in the case.