The Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) Special Investigation Team (SIT) discovered a series of errors while investigating the drugs-on-cruise case in which Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan was detained last year. According to the report, which was submitted to the Delhi headquarters on October 18, there was no evidence of extortion and Aryan Khan, 24, was “deliberately targeted” in the case. 

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, was apprehended following a cruise ship raid on October 3, 2021. He was kept in the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. He was granted bail after three weeks despite the agency’s inability to back up its allegations.

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7 to 8 agency officers engaged in irregularities and “suspicious behaviour”

The NCB’s vigilance division has reported that seven to eight agency officers engaged in irregularities and “suspicious behaviour” during the investigation of the drugs case on the Cordelia cruise. It is important to mention here that Sameer Wankhede led the Mumbai NCB during the investigation into the Aryan’s case. In addition to Aryan Khan’s case, irregularities were discovered in the investigation of other cases as well, and the Vvgilance team reported on all of these to the Delhi Headquarters.

The report submitted by NCB’s vigilance team, read, “The investigation team of NCB has found the role of 7 to 8 NCB officers suspicious in this case. The vigilance team of NCB found in its investigation that the Aryan Khan case was not investigated properly as Aryan Khan was deliberately targeted and why it was done is not yet known.”

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In its report, the vigilance team also recommended action against the officers assigned to the Mumbai NCB unit, including the name of the Mumbai NCB’s zonal director. The NCB has 65 people’s statements on file. Notably, in May, the Central Government directed the competent authority to take appropriate action against former NCB official Sameer Wankhede for his shoddy investigation into the SRK’s son cruise drug bust case. The NCB cleared Aryan Khan and five other people and did not file any charges against them due to a lack of evidence, prompting the Center to take action.

The Bombay High Court granted bail to Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha on October 28, 2021. On May 27, the NCB filed a 6,000-page chargesheet against 14 accused in the cruise drug bust case, which excluded the names of five others, including Aryan Khan, who had previously been arrested in the case. Apart from Aryan and five others, the NCB has filed a complaint against all 14 accused persons in the case.

On October 3, 2021, at around midnight, an NCB team discovered an alleged drug party taking place on board the Cordelia Cruise ship as it was sailing toward Goa. Twenty people, including Aryan Khan, Munmun Dhamecha, and Arbaaz Merchant, were detained by eight officials.