bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan‘s son, Aryan Khan, will remain in jail until at least October 20 in connection with a cruise ship drug bust.
Mr. Khan and seven others were arrested 10 days ago by India’s top drug enforcement agency, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
on October 3, NCB officials in plain clothes He raided a luxury cruise ship in the city of Mumbai. At the time, NCB said it found 13 grams of cocaine, 21 grams of chara (marijuana), 22 pills of MDMA and 5 grams of mephedrone and Rs 130,000 (£ 1,260) in cash during the raid.
The hearing of the bail claim, the third since Mr Khan’s arrest, began on Wednesday and continued through Thursday. Sessions court judge VV Patil reserved his decision on the 23-year-old player’s defense, leaving him no option for legal action until a verdict is passed next week.
Additional Attorney General Anil Singh, representing the NCB, referred to Mr Khan’s WhatsApp chats and claimed he had been using drugs regularly for three years. The NCB has requested that Mr Khan remain in custody while investigating his alleged role in international drug trafficking.
The defense said Mr Khan had absolutely no connection to any foreign drug operation. His lawyer, Amit Desai, added that the narcotics bureau did not provide any information on how his investigation would be affected if Mr Khan were released on bail.
Mr. Desai added that there were no messages or conversations on his client’s cell phone about the cruise ship frenzy. He also pointed out that Mr. Khan himself was free of drugs.
Several political leaders, journalists, and Bollywood actors have come out to support the Khans.
Shortly after the bail hearing, #AryanKhanBail started trending on Twitter as many condemned the decision to keep Mr Khan in jail.
Supreme Court defender Karuna Nandy tweeted: “The bail hearings make it clear that blood tests are clean, only claims based on straws like WhatsApp group membership. Either the NCB made a mistake, they’re covering it up, or it’s a vendetta.”
Journalist Ankur Pathak wrote: “I heard some of the NCB arguments in court today and my goodness, they honestly look like a bunch of disgruntled housing society uncles scolding kids for making too much noise.”
In an interview with veteran actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha Indian Express said: “This time Aryan Khan To play, because he is Shah Rukh Khan’s son and they have a chance to reckon with the actor.”
Mr. Khan acted as a voice actor for Simba. The Lion King Indian version.
Aryan Khan is the eldest son of Shah Rukh Khan. The star has a 21-year-old daughter, Suhana Khan, and an 8-year-old son, AbRam Khan.