Aryan Khan, son of movie star Shah Rukh Khan, was denied bail today after his sensational drug arrest on a Mumbai cruise. The 23-year-old was sent into the custody of the Drug Enforcement Bureau (NCB) until Thursday by a Mumbai court. Aryan Khan’s parents Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan did not attend the bail hearing.
“The investigation is of paramount importance and must be carried out. It benefits both the accused and the investigator,” a judge said while extending the detention of Aryan Khan and seven others.
Aryan Khan was “quiet” while his girlfriend Arbaaz Merchant and Monmon Dhamisha collapsed when the judge announced the decision.
All eight were arrested on Sunday after the DEA went undercover and raided a cheering party Saturday night aboard the Cordelia cruise from Mumbai to Goa.
The DEA said the raids resulted in the withdrawal of 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of Karas, 22 tablets of MDMA and 5 grams of MDMA. The Press Trust of India, quoting an unnamed official of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau, reported that the drugs were found hidden in clothes, underwear and handbags.
The agency told the court that it needed to hold Aryan Khan until October 11 (Monday week) for questioning. The DEA claimed that the case involved an international drug cartel.
“Unless we investigate with the consumer how do we know who the supplier is and who is financing it,” the agency said.
“The links in the form of conversations etc. show the involvement of an international cartel. It’s a group of people, like a gang,” the agency’s lawyer told the court, adding that “code names” were found in Aryan Khan’s conversations and links to bank transfers and cash transfers that had to be made. Verify them.
Aryan Khan argued that he was a special invitee to the cruise ship and “couldn’t be tied down in the entire takeover of the case”.
He said investigators found nothing in his bag and found 6 grams in his bag “a small amount.”
He also said that officials only found conversations on his phone and that “WhatsApp chats without any recovery” are not significant.
“Throughout my stay on the ship, I was not involved in any drug abuse,” said senior lawyer Satish Manishende, who appeared on behalf of Aryan Khan.
“One of the reasons for a preventive request is the confiscation of a commercial quantity from other defendants. The commercial quantity confiscated from other defendants cannot be restricted. They are talking about international drug trafficking which is a very serious accusation and must be supported with evidence,” said Aryan Khan.
Aryan Khan has been accused of purchasing, possessing and using prohibited substances.