NCB accuses Aryan Khan and others of 'illicit drug trafficking'

Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS): In a sensational claim, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday alleged that Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, along with others, was prima facie involved in "illicit drug trafficking, procuring and distribution of contraband" banned under the NDPS Act.

The agency also accused Aryan Khan of being in touch with some persons abroad who could be part of an international illegal drug syndicate and it is continuing further investigations to unearth his links to contact the foreign agency through proper channels.

The NCB's statement came during a hearing of the bail applications of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Mohak Jaswal, Nupur Satija, Aachit Kumar, Shreyas Nair and Avin Sahu before Special NDPS Judge V.V. Patil.

Since the arguments remained incomplete, the matter will continue on Thursday afternoon, and Aryan Khan and the 7 others arrested remain in custody since October 2.

Khan's lawyers, senior advocates Amit Desai and Satish Maneshinde argued that Aryan Khan was not present during the rave party raid on the cruise ship, had no cash to buy drugs, nor had any narcotics on him.

The NCB's allegations came in its reply opposing the bail applications of Aryan Khan, Merchant, and Dhamecha.

It said there is prima facie sufficient material evidence in the form of WhatsApp chats, photos, etc showing that Aryan Khan was an active link of the illegal drugs chain along with the other accused.

The agency said Aryan Khan used to procure the drugs from Merchant, from whom 5 grams charas was recovered, and they are both closely associated which is sufficient to make out the offences, while Aachit Kumar, nabbed after Khan's statement, was nabbed with 2.6 grams of ganja.

The reply states that the arrests of the other suppliers and accused form part of a larger chain, nexus and involvement in a conspiracy.

Since there was a seizure of commercial quantities of drugs, the non-recovery of drugs from one person (Aryan Khan) cannot be treated in isolation as all are intertwined with each other and are "inextricably connected".

Strongly opposing Aryan Khan's bail plea, the NCB said that since he an influential person, he could tamper with evidence or influence witnesses and may flee from justice.

Desai, however, termed the NCB allegations of drug trafficking as inherently absurd and false since he was not even on the ship during the raids, but the NCB said Aryan Khan used to get his drugs from Merchant.

Aryan Khan, along with Merchant, Dhamecha, Satija, Jaswal, Ishmeet Singh Chadha, Vikrant Chhoker, and Gomit Chopra were nabbed in the first round on October 3, and on October 7, remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a Mumbai magistrate.

Later, the NCB made a series of arrests, totaling to around 20 till date and all the accused are in different types of custody.



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  • AJ, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Something is not right somewhere..Even a staunch chaddi bhakth will vouch for that matter that aryan khan is a filthy rich guy and need no drug traficking.This is to damage shahrukh khan mentally and tarnish his image.The top management wants to send a message that its time for you superstars to join hands with us.Did sharukh khan happen to be on wrong side of premier s books ? Or does premier wants sharukh to get in to political field in mumbai ? Time will surely tell...

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    People in Kerala are accustomed and used to such Comspiracy theories that were floated by all the Central Agencies NIA/ED/CBI/NAU and may be NCB for the Gold smuggling case in Kerala last year. Weird theories of Terrorist financing, Hawala Transactions, Destabilising the Indian Economy, Money Laundering etc etc in what after a year of such investigations appears to be just a Tax evasion case that was exploited to virtually destabilise the Kerala Govt . Nothing but Gross Misuse of the Central Agencies and the Judiciary to target innocent citizens and harass percieved opponents to the political party in power.

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  • RAYANJAMES, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    What is this mega star ? He is an entertainer. Mega , super star are our soldiers.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    i think changu and mangu or the chaddis are irked by some act of Shah Rukh Khan. Probably he has not given enough money to their party these guys are taking revenge on son...NCB says that he does not have any drugs in his possession...They just want to tarnish the image of Shah Rukh Khan and family...In the same place if it was the son of some BJP leaders by this time they would back home even without the news getting into andh gau muthra bhakts will no no.

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  • Kuchan, Kudla

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    When your children becomes drug addict you will realize it would have stopped by govt agency... NCB is not fool, They are working based on credible sources... Drug tastes same to everyone, No minority, Majority cast religion biased.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Why NCB has not yet arrested any one in the 21000 crore drug seize from Mundra Port? do you think all are like andh bhakts to listen to your bol bachan? do you think the sons of BJP leaders dont do drugs? son of Pramod Mahajan was caught red handed but he is roaming scot free..dont try to fool everyone

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  • Kuchan, Kudla

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    instead wasting your time here.

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    It's a very well planned strategy to destroy the reputation of farher and the furure of son, where as the conspirators as we all know are very much familiar to all.

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  • steve, udupi

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    @observer Dont judge , we have court and law. don't interfere

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    You don't be selective like the way current govt selectively targetting particular community and the opposition leaders... We have seen how the hands of law were tied to deliver impartial judgement over Babri masjid and how it helpless over and Lakheempur incident

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  • Ram Shetty, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Maharashtra police should go after the 2 person who were present with NCB while they were not the part of NCB, if they are caught they may vomit much more in reality.

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    This is like a unknown strange person sitting in the bus next to me is a criminal and a drugs paddler, so I am also a drug peddler. What a logic this is NCB????Has any case been solved and won by this blind logic till 2014???????.I hope the judge has proper sense to decipher logic in this case. Moreover Aryan Khan unaware of what is been served at the party was invited to the party by a preplanned conspiracy to trap him and establish the link with drug users and paddlers present in the party but he did not posses drugs during the party. This is purely preplanned, fabricated and conspired allegations. Hope the court awards bail to this baseless case without any proof of possession of drugs.

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