Mumbai, October 3
The Drug Enforcement Bureau on Sunday arrested Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, and two others in connection with the confiscation of prohibited drugs on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai.
Aryan Khan will be shown before the Magistrates Court here soon.
Lawyer Satish Manishindi will represent Aryan Khan in court.
Aryan Khan has been booked under various sections of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) for possession and consumption of prohibited substances.
He and seven others were arrested late Saturday night by NCB investigators after they raided the cruise ship on its way from Mumbai to Goa.
The event came after the dramatic swoop of the National Commercial Bank on Saturday evening aboard the luxury vessel Cordelia Cruises as it was preparing for a scheduled flight between Mumbai and Goa, astounding people, especially in the entertainment industry.
This comes after the arrest of Khan and six others identified as Monmon Damisha, Nopur Sarika, Asmit Singh, Mok Jaswal, Vikrant Chowker, Gomet Chopra and Arbaaz Merchant.
An official at the National Commercial Bank said that various drugs such as MDMA, Ecstasy, cocaine, MD (mephedrone) and charas were recovered from them during the raid conducted on Saturday evening.
Upon a tip-off that a party was scheduled on the ship, the NCB team, led by District Administrator Samir Wankedi, raided the Cordelia cruise ship bound for Goa on Saturday evening and recovered drugs from some of the passengers, according to the official. She said.
“During the operation, the suspects were searched and various drugs were recovered from them, which were hidden in their clothes, underwear, and wallets (by the women),” he added.
He said that early this morning, the NCB interrogated the detainees in his office here.
Nothing to do with it, says the company
Cordelia Cruzes on Sunday flatly distanced herself from the party.
Jürgen Bellum, CEO and President, Waterways Leisure Tourism Pvt. Ltd., which operates the luxury fleet of vessels, said: “I would like to express that Cordelia Cruises is in no way connected, directly or indirectly, with this incident. Cordelia Cruises has chartered its vessel for a special event to a Delhi event management company.” He said Cordelia Cruises is fully aware of providing useful entertainment to families who choose to travel with us, “but this incident is contradictory and far from the culture that Cordelia Cruises represents.”
“We at Cordelia Cruises condemn all such actions and will strongly refrain from allowing our ship to depart for similar events in the future. However, Cordelia Cruises offers our full support and cooperates with the authorities,” Bellum said in the statement. . – agencies