Aryan Khan, 14 others get clean chit from NCB in drug case
- SIT of the NCB found there is no evidence that Aryan Khan was part of a larger drugs conspiracy
- Wankhede led a team of officers and some witnesses on the night of October 2 last year
- NCB intercepted as many as 14 people from the cruise ship
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday gave a clean chit to Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, and five others as it filed a charge sheet against 14 persons in the case related to the raid on the yacht Cordelia in Mumbai on October 2.
It is reported that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the NCB found there is no evidence that Aryan Khan was part of a larger drugs conspiracy or an international drugs trafficking syndicate, and there were several irregularities in the raid on the yacht during which he was arrested.
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The SIT, headed by Sanjay Kumar Singh, re-looked at the case and found that there was not enough evidence to pursue the case.
In a statement, the NCB said, "SIT carried out its investigation in [an] objective manner. The touchstone of the principle of proof beyond reasonable doubt has been applied. Based on the investigation carried out by SIT, a complaint [charge sheet] has been filed against 14 persons under various sections of [the] NDPS [Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances] Act. Complaint against [the] rest six persons is not being filed due to lack of sufficient evidence."
Former Mumbai Zonal Unit director Sameer Wankhede has since been repatriated to his parent cadre. Wankhede led a team of officers and some witnesses on the night of October 2 last year to raid the cruise ship at the International Cruise Terminal at Green Gate in Mumbai.
NCB reportedly seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of mephedrone, 21 grams of marijuana, 22 pills of MDMA (Ecstasy), and Rs 1.33 lakh in cash from the cruise vessel.
NCB intercepted as many as 14 people from the cruise ship. After hours of interrogation, it arrested Aryan Khan, 24, Arbaaz Merchant, 26, and Munmum Dhamecha, 28, on the afternoon of October 3. Subsequently, the agency arrested 17 others in connection with the raid.