Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, will not be given bail after he was arrested Monday in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case, a Mumbai Magistrates court announced Friday evening, indicating that his bail application was “not maintainable”.
The court also rejected bail applications from two other accused – Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, and said all three would have to approach the Sessions Court for bail.
The young celebrity, from whom the NCB has admitted that no drugs were recovered, and other accused are currently housed in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail.
Arguing against bail, the NCB had said releasing Aryan Khan could hamper its investigation. The agency claimed Mr Khan could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.
“They are influential persons… is a chance of tampering with evidence. Had it been one person with small quantity, it would be different. We have a lot of materia… protection like bail at this stage will hamper the investigation,” Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said.
Aryan Khan, 23, was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau after a Sunday night raid of a party being held on a cruise ship off the city’s coast. He and seven others arrested at the time were initially sent to the agency’s custody till Thursday and then to judicial custody.
“I am of the view that no custodial interrogation is required as sufficient time was given,” the judge had said then, after which Mr Khan’s lawyer, Satish Maneshinde, moved the bail plea.
The NCB had argued against Aryan Khan being given bail, insisting that his WhatsApp chats suggested the involvement of international drug cartels and, as such, needed investigation.
Aryan Khan also has to be confronted with others arrested, the agency said, referring to Archit Kumar; Mr Kumar was arrested, the NCB claimed, basis of Mr Khan’s statement.