Aryan Khan, who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai cruise drug case, will stay in jail as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has been directed to file its reply on Aryan’s bail plea till Wednesday.
A Mumbai court has directed the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which is investigating the Mumbai drugs case, to file its reply on Aryan Khan’s bail plea by Wednesday.
While the NCB has been directed to file its reply by 11 am on Wednesday, the hearing on Aryan Khan’s bail plea is now scheduled to take place at 2.45 pm on the same day, Satish Maneshinde, Aryan Khan’s lawyer, said on Monday.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was arrested in connection with the Mumbai cruise drug case, will have to stay in jail till the next hearing of the case.
Aryan Khan’s bail plea, which was rejected on Friday, was heard by the magistrate court, while today’s hearing was held in a special NDPS court.
During the hearing, Aryan Khan’s counsel Amit Desai pressed that the NCB must file its reply by Monday afternoon or maximum by Tuesday morning so that the hearing could take place as early as possible. However, the probe agency demanded a week’s time to submit the report.
Special Public Prosecutor AM Chimalker, representing the NCB, said that since the investigation is still on and evidence is being gathered, the agency will require one week to file its response. He offered that at best, the agency would be able to file a reply by Thursday.
SPP Chimalkar said, “Normally, the NCB takes a week to file a reply. The facts that they have been saying are not correct. The picture is not as rosy as it seems.”
SPP Advait Sethna, also appearing for the NCB, argued that there is no urgency in the matter. “With utmost respect to all lawyers and seniors, there is no urgency in this matter. We were only served with the [bail] application yesterday. My learned friend is fair in asking for two days. Normally, we ask for seven days,” Sethna said, adding that NCB officials are not robots.
Meanwhile, Aryan Khan’s counsel also contended that there was no illegal substance recovered from Khan and that “granting bail will not stop NCB from conducting a further investigation”.
“Bail does not stop the investigation. There was no recovery [of any contraband] from him. So far, as this boy is concerned, he has spent 7 days in custody. There is nothing with him, no other material,” said Amit Desai.
Following the arguments from both parties, Judge VV Patil agreed to hear the matter on Wednesday. As Aryan Khan’s lawyers wanted the matter to be heard at 11 am, NCB lawyers showed that they had other matters to deal with so they would be able to spare time only in the afternoon.
It was agreed that NCB would file a reply on the affidavit by 11 am and the hearing would happen by 2.45 pm.
Aryan Khan and others were charged with offenses under Section 8(c), 20(b), 27, 28, 29, and 35 of the NDPS Act. On October 7, Aryan was remanded to judicial custody after which he immediately moved the court seeking bail.
Aryan Khan’s bail plea was rejected by the magistrate court on October 8. The court then said the application was not maintainable as only a special court of sessions is entitled to hear the bail plea, Aryan’s legal team filed a fresh plea on Friday under the NDPS Act seeking bail in Mumbai cruise drugs case.
He was then sent to the Arthur Road prison here on Friday. Along with him, five other men arrested in the case too were sent to the same jail, while two women accused including Munmun Dhamecha were sent to Byculla women’s prison, a police official said.
Meanwhile, NCB sources claimed that it has been found that Aryan Khan was consuming drugs for four years. He was on drugs even during his UK and Dubai stay.
However, Aryan Khan’s lawyer has maintained that “Admittedly, no quantity of drugs is found on him…There is no material against him and no substance was found on him.”