No bail for Aryan Khan in drug raids case

Aryan and seven other accused were sent to 14-day judicial custody on Friday

INDIA-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-BOLLYWOOD Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan is being escorted by law enforcement officials outside the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office after he was allegedly brought in for questioning along with others following a raid at a party on a cruise ship, in Mumbai | AFP

A Mumbai court on Friday rejected bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha in the drug seizure case. “Applications are not maintainable hence rejected,” the court said.

Aryan and seven other accused were sent to 14-day judicial custody on Friday.

During the bail hearing, Khan's lawyer, Satish Maneshinde narrated Khan’s version of the events as it unfolded on the night of the raid and subsequent arrest on October 2. Appearing for the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said that the bail pleas are 'ill-conceived, not maintainable".

On Friday, the court sent Aachit Kumar, who was allegedly named by Aryan and others during interrogation, was to NCB custody till October 9.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan, who was detained after the NCB raided a cruise ship and busted a drugs party off the coast of Mumbai, was arrested on Sunday. He was held under Section 8C, 20B, 27 read with 35 of the NDPS Act. Besides Aryan, the others arrested were identified as Munmun Dhamecha, Arbaaz Merchant, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Gomit Chopra, Nupur Sarika, and Vikrant Chhokar.

Refusing bail to Aryan and others on October 4, the court had said, "I am of the view that investigation is of prime importance. Considering this aspect, the presence of the accused with NCB is necessary." The court observed that this benefits both the accused and the investigating agency.

While seeking the custody of Aryan, Munmun and Arbaaz, the NCB had said there was evidence to show a nexus between the arrested persons and suppliers and peddlers of drugs and banned narcotic substances regularly. Prima facie investigation, the NCB said, revealed that there is incriminating material in the form of WhatsApp chats and more.