Was drug case against Aryan Khan ‘fake’? Maharashtra govt mulls probe: Reports

Aryan, who was arrested in drugs-on-cruise case, was granted bail on Oct 28

aryan-khan Aryan Khan escorted by Narcotics Control Bureau officials for a medical check up in Mumbai | Amey Mansabdar

The Maharashtra government is likely to probe whether the drug case lodged against Aryan Khan is ‘fake’. Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Monday announced that the Mumbai police would probe whether a ‘fake’ case was lodged by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) against actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan.

Aryan, who was arrested by the NCB in the drugs-on-cruise case on October 3, was granted bail on October 28. He walked out of the Arthur Road Jail on October 30.

Patil’s announcement comes in the wake of the Bombay High Court’s comments in Aryan’s bail order that was released last week. In the detailed order, the HC had stated that there was no primary evidence to suggest any conspiracy between Aryan and the co-accused to conduct drug-related offences. The HC also said that nothing objectionable was found in WhatsApp conversations between them.

 “The high court has clearly observed that there is no material evidence against Aryan Khan. Then it will have to inquire if the NCB had lodged a fake case,” Patil told the Free Press Journal.

The court had observed that confessional statements recorded by the NCB cannot not be cited as evidence. In the order, Justice Nitin Sambre stated that the accused were not even subjected to a medical examination so as to determine whether they had consumed drugs.

Stepping up his attack on NCB, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik had alleged that bail order for Aryan and others proves it was “a case of kidnapping and ransom". Malik has consistently accused NCB and its zonal director Sameer Wankhede of lodging ‘false charges’ against Aryan and others in the controversial drugs-on-cruise case.